Prannoy Roy writes to PM

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/02/2018

NDTV.com  has put out  a letter written by Prannoy Roy to PM Modi arguing that BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s  accusations of  US corporations doing money laundering and indulging in "sham transactions" with NDTV, are damaging India's chances of getting FDI, because they have shocked industry leaders around the world. The letter says Swamy has ensured that "the finest US corporations" - GE and NBC - are being accused of offences by India's Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department which,  under US law,  would invite imprisonment  for the heads of these corporations.                  

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This Nirav Modi profile in The Hindu on the "silent" diamond trader "who now faces a bleak future" reads like a fluff piece on a man who is at the centre of a massive scam. Based on what the writer says could be the last interview he gave (in November 2017) to the Indian media, it describes his youth, the rapid expansion of his business, the price his range of jewellery begins at, and how he designs every single piece of jewellery that he sells. 'Bleak' is surely an understatement for the future he now faces.    

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), set up to deal with combating and investigating terror-related crimes in India, has taken it upon itself to define the work of journalists. In its chargesheet  against Kashmiri photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf, in jail since September 5, 2017, the NIA said videos accessed of his work showed that he covered 'anti-national' activities and this went against the 'moral' duty of a journalist to cover developmental activities!                     
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