Journalists exploited, says MP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/01/2018

On January 2 Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal (Samajwadi, UP) raised the issue of media houses hiring journalists on contract, in the House. He said journalists were being exploited by owners of newspapers and TV channels even as lip service is paid to press freedom. He also spoke of media houses using stringers and paying them as little as Rs 200 per story.                            

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video put out by the website jantakareporter shows an ANI journalist being asked by cops to remove his black jacket at the entrance to a rally in Varanasi which was to be addressed by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP President Amit Shah. Even as he refuses, pointing out there's nowhere to leave it an organiser after some argument with the cops, waves him in. The Balia SP says everyone had the instructions to see that "no one shows black cloth to Yogiji." Meaning what, black flags? Will the UP media protest? The next journalist in black may not be so favoured.                           

The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        
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