Indira Jaising excoriates the Express

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/02/2018
Senior advocate Indira Jaising's strong tweets on the Indian  Express's "atrocious reporting"  on the Supreme Court's Feb 9  hearings in the petition on the death of Judge Loya, may have forced the newspaper to 'update' its report. It dropped the reporter's byline  and corrected the mix up over which judge was transferred, and the wrongly attributed quotes. Alas, even the corrected story has errors, Ms Jaising said in another tweet.                         
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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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