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Another defamation notice
Posted/Updated Wednesday, May 16 12:13:23, 2012
Rs 100 crore defamation notices are now par for the course. After Justice Sawant's suit against Arnab Goswami, and Times Now's legal notice for the same damages to The Hoot, we now have Shekhar Gupta and other authors of the Indian Express page one story on April 4 asking Vinod Mehta and Open magazine for  Rs  100 crore in damages for defaming them. In an interview to Open magazine Mehta had described the Express story as "a mistake of Himalayan proportions" and asserted repeatedly that it was a planted story.
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ABP News' election programme 'Ghoshana Patra' underwent a format change on Tuesday, when it had Narendra Modi as the guest. The audience component, which also gets to ask questions, was dispensed with. Instead there was a panel of three ABP editors. Was it to shield Modi from unpredictable audience questions? Arun Jaitley, Kapil Sibal and Yogendra Yadav were all tackled in the earlier format.

Journalists are becoming a casualty in the fight between the old and new BJP. First it was L K Advani, then Jaswant Singh and now, Murli Manohar Joshi has threatened a journalist from Zee TV for asking uncomfortable questions about his posters in Kanpur for a BJP sarkar, not ahem! a Modi sarkar. Joshi apparently had the interview deleted, little realising Zee's other camera was also recording it and the media house gleefully played the interview - threats, deletions and all!

How strange. The column by celebrity author and columnist Shobhaa De in the Mumbai Mirror on "why most women would never marry Narendra Modi" was quickly circulated and shared on social networking sites. Oddly, while the column still remains in the newspaper, its been removed from the author's blog. 

Narendra Modi has gone from giving no interviews to giving two a day. The gratified interviewers ask what they have to but don't press. On CNBC Awaaz Sanjay Pugalia's treatment of him was in sharp contrast to his treatment of Arvind Kejriwal in an earlier interview with the latter. Most curious was Times Now's choice of an interviewer: how come it wasn't Arnab Goswami?

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