Disappointed anchors

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/05/2018

When the morning's leads dissipated to a final number short of the halfway mark in the Karnataka Assembly,  you got the sense that Times Now anchors Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar were feeling even more let down than the BJP itself.  Shivshankar could not stop fuming and spluttering at a Yogendra Yadav snipe recalling Goa--"When Goa happened I am sure you said this is an unprincipled alliance!" Spluttered the anchor, "How do you know I didn't? How do you know I didn't?"  And Kumar kept trying to get the answer she wanted from  constitutional experts she spoke to on the show,  on just how unacceptable it would be for the governor to invite the post- poll alliance of JD(S) and Congress. Unprincipled alliance, she stressed. But neither Harsh Salve nor Subhash Kashyap could oblige her on that point. The fact of the Congress having got a marginally higher vote share than the BJP was of course not mentioned by anyone, even in passing.                      

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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