MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
On May 22, the ET supplement Panache had a story called “Woo her back”. It was meant for men who had cheated on their partners. "Perhaps it was a one time thing," it begins, helpfully. “But, instead of ending the relationship, all you want to do is make it work. We tell you how you can win her trust back.” Maybe the Panache editors need a basic lesson or two in feminism.
On May 21, all Mumbai newspapers reported on page 1 the NIA charge sheet against Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan boy who went off to join ISIS last year. But when the Indian Express asked Areeb's family his mother contradicted the NIA claim that Areeb had "sneaked into'' India and was caught at Mumbai airport. He had returned on his own, she said, in fact, she and her husband had notified the NIA when he told them he wanted to return. This isn't the first time that intelligence agencies are taking credit for "nabbing" fugitives who return on their own. March 12, 1993 bomb blasts accused Yakub Memon, who faces the death penalty, is the prime example of this. Despite knowing this, our newspapers faithfully report only the agency version.
In an Indian Express mailer, the paper calls itself the third most-read news website in the country at 3.8 million unique visitors per month, a distant third after ToI (20.5 million) and NDTV (9.7 million). The Express has marginally more online visitors than the Hindu (3.7 million), and Firstpost which comes 5th (2.5 million), is marginally ahead of the Hindustan Times (2.4 million). The survey was conducted by comScore, India and the figures are for March 2015.
A panel discussion on one year of the Modi government conducted while floating on the Ganga? CNBC Awaaz thought up that one, and if the discussion on how much Varanasi was changing thanks to its heavy weight MP was lukewarm, at least the ghats at night were a refreshing change from TV studios.