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IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/02/2017

Dainik Jagran is a media group with a history of political alignments with different parties in Uttar Pradesh, members of the proprietor family  have been elected to the Rajya Sabha from both the BJP and the Samajwadi Party. DJ chose to publish an exit poll favouring the BJP knowing that these are banned, the poll gave the BJP a lead in that segment's polling, and the paper chose also to publish the results  only on the Web and not in the daily. This too must have been a calculated move,  carefully weighed by the CEO and editor whose family owns the paper. But when the law is broken  the editor blames the advertising department for the decision to publish on the web, and it is the editor of the web paper who takes the rap for the decision, and is arrested.                         

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The New Indian Express  reports that the Puducherry government was holding talks with law experts to file a defamation case against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, according to the chief minister V Narayanasamy. He told reporters that she was  making baseless allegations against the government, and indirectly interfering with the ongoing CBI inquiry into the medical admission scam, through her social media posts.                        

The third murder of a journalist in the month of September  took place in Mohali in Punjab. Journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found murdered at their house in Mohali on September 23.  HT and Scroll report that he was found with his throat slit and his mother appeared to be strangulated.  The Punjab Police have set up a Special Investigation Team to look into their deaths.

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The Washington Post  is rolling out Talk  a new commenting system that will allow the paper to better engage with readers who comment on its stories and help promote civil conversations. The software was developed by the Coral Project, a collaboration between The Post, the NYT and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the  Knight Foundation. The Post will integrate Talk with ModBot, its AI-powered comment moderation technology.                                                                         

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman Lab)                                       
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