Perils of journalism

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/01/2018
Republic TV reporter Shravan Sen was covering a clash in Kurla Chembur junction when suddenly protesters snatched his camera and phone and insisted he shut his camera and stop videographing the violence immediately. The screen blacked out and only the audio could be heard. He was covering the violence that broke out in Mumbai this afternoon, sparked by reports of the death of a youth in violence in Pune yesterday in the wake of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle. While the affilation of the protestors was not immediately discernible, other visuals showed bands of saffron-clad youth waving flags and using flag-posts as sticks to beat people and smash vehicles.                                     
 
 
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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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