IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/01/2018
The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/01/2018

Television Post reports that the MSO Hathaway has switched  off the Times Network owned channels from its platform for non-payment of outstanding dues.  Hathaway had apparently been running scrolls informing subscribers about the impending switch-off. Hathaway and Times had signed a one year fixed fee deal which Times Network wanted revisited, though the contract runs till March.                

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/01/2018

On Jan 12, the day four judges of the Supreme Court called a press conference, lawyer Dushyant Dave published an op-ed in the Indian Express which was uncannily prescient in its timing. It was on the matter of allocation of cases to benches by the CJI which the four senior most judges spoke about to the press later in the day. Dave's article ends by saying that if the Chief Justice did not correct the course other judges must step in. And they did so just hours later!                      

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/01/2018
Times Now was indignant at the left-liberal conspiracy against the Modi government which is what the  four judges' press conference on Jan 12 morning  represented in their view. The channel kept showing Indira Jaisingh giving her views, and D Raja arriving at Justice Chelameswar's house, to prove  its point. "Both from the same side of the spectrum", Navika Kumar declared darkly.  Her colleague Rahul Shivshankar wondered at senior journalists standing behind the judges,  and what that meant, as the camera showed Shekhar Gupta and others.  As far as we could see, it meant that were listening and  taking notes.                         
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/01/2018

A Facebook post by Damayantee Dhar who reports for The Wire records an attack on herself and another reporter from the Ahmedabad Mirror on January 7  by a "mob of 15-20 dalit men". She says the two of them were heckled, manhandled and had their press cards and mobile phones snatched and the recording she was doing deleted. She says she was advised by "Leftist activists and editors" to let the attack go and not file a complaint against dalits as it would "go against the movement." She was investigating a story of alleged caste discrimination in a medical  college. Eventually she did write to the Police Commissioner at Ahmedabad and her complaint was acted upon.                               

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |10/01/2018
Twitter was abuzz with reports  that a few senior journalists who accompanied West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on a trip to London were caught on CCTV pilfering the cutlery from a posh hotel during a reception. One was even fined £50 by the hotel staff when he denied the charge, even after being confronted with the evidence!                          
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/01/2018

 When a journalist tries to do an investigative story  by pretending to be a client for an advertised service, she risks  being booked for impersonation, apparently.  Indian Express reports that the  UIDAI has filed an FIR against the paper and the  reporter of The Tribune of Chandigarh for an article on how anonymous users accessed Aadhaar details and sold it for a fee. The Punjab Press Club has passed a resolution condemning the FIR and asking for its immediate withdrawal.                                                                 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/01/2018

Alt News reports that eight websites deleted their stories on Ambani junior, Anant Ambani's speech at Reliance Industries' 40th anniversary event. His speech apparently took social media by storm, with lots of memes surfacing on Twitter. Stories on that trend which appeared on sites like ScoopWhoop, Storypick and DailyO were soon taken down.  MensXP, Nyoooz.com, The Social Monk, Social Samosa and International Business Times were other sites that Alt News says took down the story. Economic Times however did not mock Anant Ambani, called it a rousing speech, and no take down was needed.                           

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/01/2018

The Economic and Political Weekly has appointed political scientist Gopal Guru who currently teaches at JNU as editor, the Sameeksha Trust announced yesterday. The search for an editor was on after Paranjoy Guha Thakurta resigned in July 2017. The previous two editors have been journalists.              

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/01/2018
The Adani group has filed a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against The Wire for an analysis published on November 11, 2017 which asked if it made economic sense for the state-owned  Indian Oil Corporation and Gail India to pick up stakes in the Adani group-promoted LNG terminals in Odisha and Gujarat. While the facts of the story were reported by other papers, the website quoted an expert asking how a  PSU could justify such a big stake  in a   private sector company which was already highly leveraged with the banks.  The story also said that the  Adanis' outstanding debt was the highest for any corporate group in the country.                                      
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The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        

Television Post reports that the MSO Hathaway has switched  off the Times Network owned channels from its platform for non-payment of outstanding dues.  Hathaway had apparently been running scrolls informing subscribers about the impending switch-off. Hathaway and Times had signed a one year fixed fee deal which Times Network wanted revisited, though the contract runs till March.                

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