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Under Prasoon Joshi, the CBFC is trying to handle film certification without cuts and make life easier for filmmakers
Its been a colourful history over seven decades of free speech rights being upheld and diluted in turn, as courts struggled with challenges.
While the press protection law signals to police and prosecutors that protecting journalists is high on the political agenda, it dilutes protections they already have as citizens,
The Quint’s Poonam Agarwal petitions the apex court on the OSA charge, defends her sting on the army’s sahayak system, and demands a court inquiry into a soldier’s death.
BY GEETA SESHU| IN LAW AND POLICY |11/04/2017
Does the new law water down what the IPC provides in terms of adequate punishment for grievious assault? Also, freelancers and stringers are not covered,
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN LAW AND POLICY |18/03/2017
The law ministry’s proposed initiative is totally at odds with the recommendations of TRAI and SC observations on broadcast ownership,
BY SEEMA SIROHI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |02/03/2017
Trump’s FCC chair Ajit Pai proves his critics right by backing corporate interests and opposing net neutrality
The distinction between self-imposed ethics and legal remedies is being blurred by an activist judiciary which has begun to issue writs to private organizations.
BY SAI VINOD| IN LAW AND POLICY |14/11/2016
Government bans on TV won’t go away. They have been around for 12 years, and a sustained campaign against bans as a method of regulation is the only solution.
BY HOOT| IN LAW AND POLICY |08/11/2016
How did our durable democracy, with much more media on offer than several older democracies, get to this stage?
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The back story of the huge apology notice published by the Hindustan Times on September 18 (see this Hoot brief) is to be found in the record of sittings of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. The apology was published three days after the last sitting to which the editor of HT was summoned. The notice given by  Andhra Pradesh MP Jithender Reddy was taken up five times by the Committee  between July end and September 15. This too has fed into the wide ranging speculation over the reason for the resignation of the current editor of the paper, Aparisim Ghosh.                       

Did it really take the Hindustan Times almost six months to figure out that it had got the figures on the attendance  in Parliament of certain MPs, wrong? Or is there more to why it carried a front page apology covering half the page on September 18? It said, "In the edition of March 24, 2017, we had, because of a technical glitch, erroneously reported the attendance in Parliament of certain MPs. Below are the accurate figures. Hindustan Times offers an unconditional apology, and deeply regrets any offence or inconvenience caused." Of the seven MPs whom it said had 100 per cent attendance  not one had it, the paper listed six other names for this statistic. And the list of those whom it said had the worst attendance in Parliament is headed by Abhijeet Mukherjee, the former President's son, who in fact has a figure of 97 per cent attendance.                                    

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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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