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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 Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has increased accidental death cover for accredited journalists from Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh. Also families of accredited journalists will now get Mata Amrutm (MA) card for cashless treatment upto Rs 2 lakh in govt or designated pvt hospitals in the state. The  MA card is actually given to those whose annual income is less than Rs 1.5 lakh, but a special exception has been made for journalists. Both theses announcements were made in the budget presented in the assembly on February 21st.           

A year and six months after he was jailed in September 2015  Bastar journalist Santosh Yadav was granted bail by a division bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan today. Yadav was arrested in September 2015 on charges of aiding Maoists.               

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