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IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/01/2017

Malini Parthasarathy, former editor of The Hindu, took a dig at India Today inviting Sasikala to inaugurate its South Conclave 17, tweeting   “Sasikala's entry legitimised by India Today which invites her to inaugurate its ‪#SouthConclave17!” Rahul Kanwal of IT: ‪”@MaliniP‪ do you seriously believe that Sasikala ascension dependent on our invitation or her  status as supremo not in dispute in any case”. @MaliniP: “Ascension not dependent on you guys but certainly public legitimacy strengthened by invitation."           

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Paid news falls within the citizen's right to free speech and the Election Commission has no business trying to stop it, according to the Delhi High Court. ET reports that while the EC thinks paid news is a major challenge to conducting free and fair elections, and 15 cases of paid news were identified in the recently concluded Karnataka polls, the HC says the EC's remit is confined to the poll expenditure of a candidate, and not the content of the advertising s/he spends on.                                                             

Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving 9 persons dead in police firing.          

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