MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
On December 16, when all media was focused on the Taliban attack in Peshawar, Press Council chief Markandey Katju decided to contribute his tupenny worth on Facebook: “In my opinion such incidents are a direct and inevitable consequence of creating a theological state in a subcontinent of such diversity. We shall witness more such incidents in the future, often of a greater intensity and bloodshed.” When reprimanded, he defended himself more vociferously: “Those persons who believe that Pakistan is a real country, not a fake, artificial one, need not come on my Facebook page at all, otherwise they will immediately be blocked.”
When the English-language newspapers claim exclusives, the presumption is that something that appeared a day or two before in the Hindi press does not count. So the Economic Times claimed on December 15 that its page-two interview with Jugal Kishore, the VHP functionary in charge of "Ghar Wapasi", was an exclusive, even though it had been preceded two days earlier by a front-page exclusive with the same worthy in Amar Ujala.
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