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IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/03/2017

 Is UP's new cabinet an all-caste rainbow or one dominated by ``high'' castes? Depends on whether you read  TOI or Indian Express. TOI's headline says:   `Team Yogi Mirrors Shah's Social Engineering'. Subhead: UP cabinet a balancing act of castes & allies.'  But the IE's Shyamlal Yadav in his analysis:  `How Yogi's rise might change the dynamics of UP politics' writes: `Focus on upper castes: With a Thakur as CM and a Brahmin as one of his deputies, it is clear that the BJP is not focussing on Dalits. Only two Cabinet ministers and 3 ministers of state are Dalits... Several OBC communities have no representation . It is clear that upper castes remain the BJP's main focus.''            

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The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail  to journalist Poonam Agarwal  and triple amputee war veteran Deepchand on 26 April in the Quint sting operation case  They were both charged under Section 3 and 7 of the Official Secrets Act and under the IPC for abetting suicide by police in Nashik Maharashtra. The case was registered after the body of gunner Roy Mathew was found inside an abandoned barrack, days after he featured in a sting operation by The Quint. It sought to expose the army's sahayak system.                      

The story on India having slipped  three places in the international press freedom rankings is one several newspapers have carried. It is based on an index of press freedom report by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders which says that journalists  are less free under the Modi government due to threats from Hindu nationalists.The Economic Times had the story too, with the headline India slips in media freedom ranking: Report. But the report has now been removed.  And, hold your breath, TOI removed the story too! Self censorship?                      
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