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The Supreme Court's judgement has reiterated that public interest continues to be the lone factor that justifies a sting operation.

A sting without public interest is a crime
In a recent judgement the Supreme Court shed light on this grey area.   MADABHUSHI SRIDHAR says journalists need to be aware of the risks. PIX: Dalip Singh Judeo (R) and Amit Jogi 
Shiv Sena MPs and the roti fiasco
Was the communal aspect a belated discovery of the national media? Was there a broader context to the incident which explains the very different reporting by the Marathi press,   asks NIVEDITA KHANDEKAR. PIX: Coverage by the Indian Express 
Enough bad faith and weasel words
It's time for a fresh look at the pressing need for a regulator for the broadcast media. The government's fence-sitting and the media's delaying tactics have to stop,   says EDARA GOPI CHAND 
'Unconstitutional and administratively burdensome'
The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules raise serious concerns about how they can impinge the right to freedom of speech and expression.   Excerpts of an analysis from SOFTWARE FREEDOM LAW CENTRE, INDIA 
How digitisation impacts farm telecasts
Kisan shows are put out on terrestrial transmitters when many villages have switched to cable or DTH.   The technological mismatch needs to be tackled says SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Bhimavaram relay centre, AP 
Tackling private censorship in media
But is editorial discretion passing into the hands of the proprietor? Corporate owner or family owner, censorship is increasingly becoming the owner's prerogative,   says SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Rana Ayyub's article that was taken off by DNA 
The bylines that refuse to go gently...
Some long time columnists have become predictable and stale after years of opinionating.   AMRIT DHILLON thinks it's time for them to make way for new talent. PIX: (Clockwise) Shoba Narayan, Chetan Bhagat, Aakar Patel and Pratap Bhanu Mehta 
Is farm broadcasting going waste?
When current farm telecasts miss their targets on account of power cuts and wrong scheduling, is a Rs 100 crore farm channel going to help,   asks SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Farmers in Kalahandi, Odisha, talk about their farm broadcasting needs. 
Private censorship and the right to hear
Very little recourse is available against publishers or intermediaries if these private parties censor an author's content unreasonably,   says CHINMAYI ARUN 
No surprises in budget editorials
With the odd exception, the commentaries on the budget in the Hindi daily newspapers conformed to their known partisan positions,   says ANAND VARDHAN. PIX: The 'Dainik Jagran' edit 

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MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS

Swapan Dasgupta says  in The Telegraph, "Not only has the media policy (of Narendra Modi) been replaced by an information policy where the print and electronic media are treated on par with the social media, there is no one in the PMO to take calls and entertain queries."

Reporter to Digvijaya Singh on alleged snooping on Gadfkari: "What have you to say?" Digvijaya, apparently somewhat lost: "Now that Minister himself has said there wasn't any snooping, there's no issue."Reporter: "Would you still insist on a probe?" Digvijaya Singh, after some thought:: "Yes, the duo from Gujarat have a reputation of snooping on innocents."  Now you know how news TV develops a story.

When a BJP spokesperson said political parties respond to "independent" and "strong media" which "shout" at mistakes, Shailesh Gandhi, ex-CIC said, "Arnab Goswami shouts every night and nothing happens". This was on Goswami's Newshour on Thursday debating Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal's abundant use of "private government planes". All the anchor did was smile away. That was a clever one, Gandhi!

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