IN BOOKS |05/07/2017
Despite the RTI Act, for the government anti-transparency is a statement of belief and hiding information and passing the buck a favorite diversionary activity,
BY FREDERICK NORONHA| IN BOOKS |06/06/2017
The time and red tape involved in a publisher getting ISBNs raises fears that they are being rationed to restrict freedom of expression.
BY MEENA MENON| IN BOOKS |04/06/2017
During a short tenure which ended in her expulsion, the Hindu’s correspondent covered swathes of life in Islamabad.
BY BANAMALLIKA CHOUDHURY| IN BOOKS |05/03/2017
A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA.
BY TCA SRINIVASA RAGHAVAN| IN BOOKS |02/01/2017
The author interviewed several of those who troll. They belong to the lower sub-stratum of the BJP, which has a pretty sophisticated upper stratum as well.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN BOOKS |20/10/2016
It’s the season for media biographies, as NDTV and TV18 publish their life stories. If NDTV comes across as self-righteous TV18 is open about its sins of commission.
BY NANDINI SUNDAR| IN BOOKS |15/10/2016
The BJP, the RSS and the security establishment have been equally, if not more, successful in mobilizing both the mainstream as well as social media for counter-insurgency, including to malign anyone critical of the government.
BY ANUP KUMAR| IN BOOKS |22/08/2016
A new book of essays by insiders chronicle NDTV’s role in transforming television news. They have compelling stories to tell
BY SUBIR BHAUMIK| IN BOOKS |26/06/2016
'Candid Canvas' is rich in original documentation such as DD memos from an Engineering chief asking colleagues to destroy all material shot and used during the Emergency.
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/06/2016
Shekhar Gupta in his Walk the Talk programme on June 24 told Anurag Thakur, president BCCI, that when BCCI reserves the right to pick the anchor for the broadcast channel they select for telecast of matches, that was the 'worst form of paid news' . He also grilled Thakur on..
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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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