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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The New Indian Express  reports that the Puducherry government was holding talks with law experts to file a defamation case against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, according to the chief minister V Narayanasamy. He told reporters that she was  making baseless allegations against the government, and indirectly interfering with the ongoing CBI inquiry into the medical admission scam, through her social media posts.                        

The third murder of a journalist in the month of September  took place in Mohali in Punjab. Journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found murdered at their house in Mohali on September 23.  HT and Scroll report that he was found with his throat slit and his mother appeared to be strangulated.  The Punjab Police have set up a Special Investigation Team to look into their deaths.

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The Washington Post  is rolling out Talk  a new commenting system that will allow the paper to better engage with readers who comment on its stories and help promote civil conversations. The software was developed by the Coral Project, a collaboration between The Post, the NYT and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the  Knight Foundation. The Post will integrate Talk with ModBot, its AI-powered comment moderation technology.                                                                         

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman Lab)                                       
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