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 ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        

Television Post reports that the MSO Hathaway has switched  off the Times Network owned channels from its platform for non-payment of outstanding dues.  Hathaway had apparently been running scrolls informing subscribers about the impending switch-off. Hathaway and Times had signed a one year fixed fee deal which Times Network wanted revisited, though the contract runs till March.                

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