There is no evidence to show that media houses are more sensitive to socio-economic problems than politicians. Politicians at least have to face their voters in the next election. The media have no such demands on their accountability.
The police accuse Santosh Yadav and Somaru Nag of links to the banned Maoists but rights groups say they have been targeted for their reporting.
New Delhi: Taking a leaf from the Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government has packed the board of an ‘autonomous’ Prasar Bharati with four part-time members who are either members or fellow-travellers of the ruling dispensation. The new appointments announced on Friday are: Ashok Tandon, who was media […]
Though two Al Jazeera journalists have been pardoned recently, the Egyptian government continues to impose severe restrictions on journalists in the country.
The threats to Nikhil Wagle’s life often worry his wife, but she will never stop him from practicing his kind of journalism.
This is a book about Rupert Murdoch – the most powerful media Moghul in the world – and his tabloid empire in Britain. He is someone who uses the clout of his myriad media outlets to browbeat, bully and destroy politicians he does not like, even as he openly […]
The race for TRPs is what mainly drives coverage decisions by television networks.
Mohammad Zahoor got out of the steel business just before the recession in 2008, selling his whole caboodle for $1 billion, and bought the Kyiv Post for $1.1 million.
New Delhi: Was it cancer or casteism that finally got Nagaraju Koppula, one of the few dalit journalists to make it in Indian journalism? Nagaraju Koppula, who passed away in April this year after battling lung cancer, was the first Madiga dalit journalist to have made a mark in […]
The Modi government’s attack on Sathiyam TV is another manifestation of the Indian state’s paranoia of the medium of film and television, and consequently, the irrational controlling impulse of the law
Amidst all the hand-wringing over a woman’s, and a society’s morals, relatively few bells have been rung about the ethics of the media scrum that has developed around the Sheena Bora murder case.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre as to whether it has set up a three-member ombudsman to regulate advertisements given by various governments and authorities in pursuance of its decision on the issue. The apex court’s notice came on an application filed by […]
The judge was keen to protect consumers from so-called “speculative invoicing”, where copyright owners send offers to settle claims for grossly disproportionate amounts.
It’s a short, powerful film and it hits you right in the solar plexus. Devashish Makhija’s Agli Baar (‘The Next Time’) marries the tools of modern communication—Skype, Smart Phones, the Internet—with the violent, sectarian corrupted, lawless ways of modern India to come up with a frightening parable of […]
The Indian Express has an intriguing story today about an offer the gangster-turned terrorist Dawood Ibrahim apparently made in 2013 to return to India to stand trial for his role in the bombings that took the lives of 257 innocent people in Bombay on March 12, 1993. According to […]
The show-cause notices issued to three private TV channels for their coverage of the Yakub Memon execution have no basis in law and raise disturbing questions about freedom of expression in the country.
On August 8, the Editors Guild of India condemned the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s issuing show-cause notices to three TV news channels for their coverage related to Yakub Memon’s hanging, terming the action as “shocking” and called for an immediate withdrawal of the notices. The Guild’s President N. […]
An investigation shows most of the students who were expelled from IIT Roorkee were from reserved categories An investigation by The Indian Express through interviews with members of the institute — professors, students and administrators at IITs — revealed most of the students who were expelled, were from […]
The media needs to be careful about what it reports and broadcasts when a terrorist is caught.
By clamping down on unauthorised contact between reporters and MHA officials, the Home Ministry is trying to make sure that the official or semi-official information (or spin) it puts out on a particular event goes uncontested
New Delhi: In the face of criticism by journalists, Home Ministry officials say that the new circular preventing reporters from meeting officers other than those authorised to speak to the media only seeks to regulate the flow of information by ‘converging the points of dissemination.’ This expression clearly has not impressed […]
Suddenly we find ourselves living in drab times. Our newspapers have given up their daily front page cartoon and our cartoonists have lost their punch
An account of Indian television that is overly influenced by big industry players like Star.
1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]
Social media on Friday erupted in outrage at the callous manner in which an accident involving BJP MP Hema Malini’s car was covered by the media
A new policy document from ICANN asks if it can eliminate private domain registrations
They were dark days, but even those who didn’t go to jail had to be careful
The police were called in to find out who had placed the ad. But they got nowhere.
1. Japan trumps China for Bangladesh port In a setback to China which had plans of building a port about 25 km away, Japan is all set to start construction of the 18m-deep port at Matarbari on Bangladesh’s South-East coast by January 2016. China is trying to develop closer economic and military […]
Get Wired 24/6: Lalit Drags in Omita Paul, Amit Shah; Saffron History; RSTV Defends Itself, and More
1. Lalit Modi drags in NaMo, Amit Shah, Omita Paul Lalit Modi, the fugitive former IPL commissioner is currently embroiled in a controversy over alleged favours extended to him by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, has sent out tweets in which he accused Omita Paul, secretary to […]
New Delhi: The well-known journalist and commentator Praful Bidwai – whose syndicated columns on politics, foreign policy, the environment and political economy provided a critical, left-wing perspective on national and international developments for over four decades – passed away in Amsterdam on Monday night, The Wire has learned. […]
He was murdered over his refusal to withdraw a court case against the sand mafia, the police said on Sunday.
The AG was approached by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to seek the opinion after the Home Ministry denied security clearance to the network
1. AAP leads counter attack in ‘degree wars’ The Aam Aadmi party has taken the fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party in what are now turning out to be ‘degree wars’ between the political rivals. The AAP has alleged that a minister in BJP’s Goa coalition, Ramkrishna Dhavalikar […]
India tops a poll for increased concern about global issues
CBDT closing in on ex-UPA Minister The Central board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) is probing details of people whose name has been linked to Swiss accounts in the details revealed by the French government. Among the hundreds of names, special attention is being paid to the account of […]
Are policemen trying to evade accountability by threatening the media with legal action for simply doing their job without malice ?
‘Has there ever been a more dignified and lauded end to a national newspaper editing career?’ asks Dominic Ponsford at the beginning of his fascinating interview with Alan Rusbridger, the highly respected and much loved Guardian editor who stepped down on May 29 after 20 years at the helm of […]
1. Industrial toxins behind Maggi’s lead content? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has alleged that high lead content in the soil being used to grow the onions used in making the Maggi ‘tastemaker’ may be behind the high lead content in the product. FSSAI chief […]
Modi’s media strategy is a complex one that is best summarised as ‘engaging with the media on his own terms’ in order to set the ‘national’ agenda.