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 Supreme Court today admitted a writ petition filed by Quint reporter Poonam Agarwal for a court-monitored investigation into the death of gunner Roy Mathew, to seek guidelines on the application of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to bring it in line with the Constitution and prevent its misuse,  and to conduct an inquiry into the persistence of the 'sahayak' system in the army. The judges issued notice to the government. The Quint journalist  was charged with spying under the OSA and abetment to suicide under the IPC. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam and Adv Prashant Kumar appeared for the petitioner.          

Twitter-happy journalists of the Times Group have been served  a dampener by the organisation's  HR head. A circular says they may not use their personal social media handles to comment on news, politics, civic issues  or crime unless reported by the Group's official social media handles. Nor can they retweet their own stories unless the official Twitter handle has done so. Nor can they use their own Twitter handles to repost invective or opinions which may be against the laws of the land. Why? Because the personal opinions expressed are apparently hurting the "integrity and credibility" of the Times Network platforms.                 

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