Press also guilty?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/03/2017

Goa's  AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar alleged that Rs 1000 crore changing hands  to enable the formation of the BJP government in Goa.  BJP President Vinay Tendulkar retaliated by sending him a defamation notice and the police filed an FIR against him. What's interesting is that Tendulkar has also made all the newspapers and TV channels which reported the allegation a party to the complaint by adding another section, 501 of the Indian Penal Code.This section relates to printing defamatory matter, for which  the punishment is two years of simple imprisonment. The offence is non-cognisable but the Goa Union of Journalists is not amused. Its President objected and the news spread on social media. CM Manohar Parrikar is reported to have phoned Patil and assured him that the offending section will be removed from the FIR today.                                                      

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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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