IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/07/2017

Was the media complicit in broadcasting misinformation about NDTV? The channel thinks so.  It said in a statement that the press had gone by a misleading press release of the income tax department regarding the ruling of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal suggesting that ITAT had accepted claims of money laundering. It said "the ITAT has refused to accept the allegation of the I-T department that there was any money-laundering by NDTV or Dr Prannoy Roy. (this is clearly mentioned in para 103 of its judgment)".            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/07/2017

The Washingtonian.com reports that the Washington Post has a new social media policy which says staffers can be fired if their social-media activity "adversely affects The Post's customers advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners." The paper's guild is opposing the policy.                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/07/2017
The Hindustan Times published this story titled "Hollow power: India is on a path to decline and that is why China is challenging it" and then took it down, as the link shows. Did it get a rap on the knuckles from the government? The story was unflattering in what it said about the Modi government's record in power over the last three years.                        
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/07/2017

The facts emerging about the departure of the  EPW editor suggest that  eminent academics don't believe in giving an  editor full functioning freedom. Former DU Vice Chancellor Deepak Nayyar,  historian Romila Thapar, sociologist Dipankar Gupta and Ambedkar University Vice-Chancellor Shyam Menon were among those board members of the Sameeksha Trust who told editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta that he should not have hired a lawyer without consulting them, that he was not to take a byline any more, and that they would appoint a co-editor to run the journal along with him. All prompted by a legal notice from the Adani Group. All of which amounts to forcing a self respecting editor to resign.                                                     

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/07/2017

The defamation notice sent by the Adani Group to the Economic and Political Weekly is still a notice, not a case filed against the publication.  The take-down of the two articles ordered by the EPW board may have been done to pre-empt a full blown legal suit. The notice is also against  The Wire  which published one of the articles. The Wire has subsequently reprinted the second one published in EPW in June 2017 as well. Apparently this is the first time the Adani Group has initiated legal proceedings against a media house.                            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/07/2017

The first quarter results for HT Media Ltd in FY 18 show an 85.4% year-on-year increase in net profit to Rs 41.55 crore, on the back of lower costs.   It shuttered seven editions earlier this year, did some retrenchment at Mint and HT, and engaged  in a complex carve-out of its content business in an effort to become leaner. Revenue dipped marginally from Rs 662.43 crore in the first quarter of 2016-17 to Rs 652.18 crore, the company said in a statement.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/07/2017

With Smriti Irani getting additional charge of Information and Broadcasting after the resignation of Venkaiah Naidu, the ministry gets its fourth I and B minister in three years, two of them holding the portfolio as an additional charge.                

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/07/2017

The alacrity with which Mumbai police lodged an FIR against comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) co-founder Tanmay Bhat for its meme of a Snapchat dog filter used with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised eyebrows. Mumbai Mirror reports that several serious cases are still languishing for want of action but police registered an FIR  against AIB for allegedly insulting the Prime Minister less than 24 hours after a complaint was lodged.                   

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/07/2017

Eleven months after booking Amnesty International, India representatives for sedition  following an event in the city, the Bengaluru City Police have filed a B report in the case  for want of evidence to make the charge, reports the Hindu. The case had been booked following an event in the city in August last year, based on a complaint by members of the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).             

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/07/2017

Loud remonstrations expose regressive policies but occasionally veiled protests drive home the point rather succinctly. News anchor Pratima Dutta of STV, Haryana News wore a veil during her news bulletin as a protest against the BJP government’s ad in an official journal, asking women to take refuge behind a ghoonghat/veil citing it as part of ‘culture’.               

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Was the media complicit in broadcasting misinformation about NDTV? The channel thinks so.  It said in a statement that the press had gone by a misleading press release of the income tax department regarding the ruling of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal suggesting that ITAT had accepted claims of money laundering. It said "the ITAT has refused to accept the allegation of the I-T department that there was any money-laundering by NDTV or Dr Prannoy Roy. (this is clearly mentioned in para 103 of its judgment)".            

The Washingtonian.com reports that the Washington Post has a new social media policy which says staffers can be fired if their social-media activity "adversely affects The Post's customers advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners." The paper's guild is opposing the policy.                  

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