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The subcontinent has plenty of media, it does not have enough scrutiny of the media. This portal is the outcome of the concern felt by a group of practicing journalists at some recent trends in journalism in this part of the world. It is an attempt to revive a concern for media ethics, restore focus on development in the subcontinent, and preserve press freedom. It will attempt to hold a mirror to the way journalists practice their craft in this region. It will be devoted to examining issues of accuracy, fairness, right to information, censorship, and the responsibility of the media.. It is aimed at journalists, users of the media including lay readers and viewers, and students and teachers of journalism and communications. Particularly for the last group, as for media professionals, it attempts to bring together several relevant links and readings. It also attempts to provide tools for communities and individuals to interact with the media.

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The Zee Group being a lead sponsor of the Jaipur Lit-fest  means that you get a dose of Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary there every year, sometimes plugging one of the group's channels. This year someone from the audience asked him a direct question about fake videos to which he replied without batting an eyelid that India did not have credible institutions who could do a fair investigation.  The moderator chipped in, you have a remote, change the channel if you don't like it. Retorted a person in the audience, don't tell us what to do, improve yourselves.                                  

Catch News has just done a round of staff relocation between its Delhi, Noida and Jaipur offices. Whether you describe it as cost cutting or rationalisation depends on what you choose to believe. The moves are apparently aimed at facilitating the Rajasthan Patrika Group's plan to bring out an English daily from Jaipur, a project which has been in the works for a while. Other expansion plans such as a Malayalam version of Catch News seem to be on hold.              

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