Alliance for media freedom in TN

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/07/2018

The Hindu Business Line reports that a cross-media advocacy and action group, called Alliance for Media Freedom, has been formed by senior journalists from across media houses to monitor the state of media freedom in Tamil Nadu. This was decided at a media consultation in Chennai on July 1. The filing of a criminal case last month against Puthiya Thalaimurai television for hosting a debate is one spur for  this initiative, the other is the TN govt using its cable distribution company (Arasu Cable) to censor television news channels.                          

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