When a 'non-story' becomes a story!

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/03/2018
The online news site The Wire is having a good laugh at the work that the pro-BJP site OpIndia is doing for it.  OpIndia wrote that The Wire was working on a story about the contract entered into by the law firm of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's daughter with Geetanjali Gems, aborted after media reports on the involvement of Mehul Choksi in the Nirav Modi scam. The problem is The Wire had dropped the story!                 
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Online media has not been subjected to licensing and regulation so far but I & B minister Smriti Irani suggested at CNN News 18's Rising India Summit on March 16-17 that this may be changing. When it comes to content on TV, radio or newspapers there is a code of conduct they adhere to, everybody is licensed to function under the law, she said. But online is a system where  where legislation in terms of news broadcast content is not clear. "That is something that the ministry is currently undertaking, and is in conversation with stake holders", she said.              

In the session just prior to Narendra Modi's address at CNN TV 18's Rising India summit on Friday, the Group's Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi made such a flattering  introductory speech about the PM that even Mr Modi  looked a trifle embarrassed. He narrated how much the PM had achieved while leading from the front, and said the network's channels were there for him to use to put out his message.  He introduced him as India's rock star prime minister. Mr Modi then  went on to do a power point presentation about the achievements of his government and said there was "darkness" in the country before he took over the reins of power in 2014.                     
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