Media and GST

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/06/2017

The following categories of media activity are exempt from the Goods and Services Tax: "Services by way of collecting or providing news by an independent journalist, Press Trust of India or United News of India." Media produced by tax-exempt not-for-profits are also exempt. (http://gstindiaupdates.com )              

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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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