Guess who is arrested

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 BJP's celebration of three years of rule has meant multiple bashes for journalists of different kinds. The TV crowd was feted separately from print and digital journalists, one for each category,  combined with other segments such as financial institution professionals. The Amit Shah part of the picture was a repeat on each occasion, journalists and others around his table edging in to catch every word. Even as senior ministers were secondary draws.            

Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been blitzing her way through the online petition site change.org to solicit support for her draft national policy for women. After a personalised letter to all those on the site's email list, she sent out another personalised letter today to thank signatories for support, and for  'out of the box' suggestions sent for the policy document.The only snag is several  recipients of her email had not signed any petition, nor sent any recommendations nor supported the policy document, leave alone sending 'out of the box' suggestions.                                             

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