WCD’s Women Scribes’ Workshop

ChaiTime-Image6.7The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in association with PIB and MIB is going to kickstart the first ever “All India Women Journalists’ Workshop” today at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. This will bring together around 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs across the country representing 120 media organizations, on a single platform. The ministry will also exhibit two of its biggest initiatives: Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao and children helpline – Childline. » CNN-News18 has announced the 10th edition of its ‘Indian of the Year’ award. Celebrating the achievements of iconic Indians who have made a significant contribution to our society in 2015, the award will be presented in New Delhi on 9th June, 2016. » Considering the rise in digital content consumption, UCWeb, part of the Alibaba group, launched ‘UC News’ in India on Monday. The platform brings together news content from over 20 featured channels, including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, and lifestyle. It tracks and matches the trending keywords on Facebook and Twitter to decide on trending topics for user recommendations. See the full story here. » Adding transparency in the government affairs with the help of Digital India campaign, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off two mobile vans on Monday. Carrying the slogan, “Mili Meri Pragati Ko Raftar”, the vans will cover 21 districts of the state and will pass through the rural areas across the state, disseminating information regarding e-Governance schemes through audio visual tools, including publicity material, speeches and street plays.

Let’s ‘Samvaad’

ChaiTime-Image10.5.16To take stock of 2 years of Modi Govt, India TV has announced a day-long mega conclave ‘Samvaad’ on 16th May, 2016 in New Delhi. Led by India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Rajat Sharma, a team of premier journalists will analyze the present Government’s performance in its first two years. Highlighting the hits and misses of the government the conclave will also focus on the opportunities and challenges that will define the next three years of the NDA regime. » Congratulations to Anju Nigam for being appointed as Joint Secretary of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry (MIB). Replacing IAS officer Puneet Kansal, Anju Nigam will take charge of various matters such as e-auctions and other issues in Prasar Bharati. » In order to check the radicalization of today’s youth by the Internet, Delhi Police’s Special Cell is in the process of constituting a “Social Media Monitoring Cell“. Keeping a keen eye on online activities, the police commissioner’s brainchild will operate within the Special Cell and include cyber experts hired from outside to assist the anti-terror cops.

The Crumbling Fourth Pillar of Democracy

PodiumImage18.02.16Vandita Naroola, Product Manager at Skribe, blogger and avid reader takes a stance on journalists being soft targets for violence in India.

Intolerance and anti-national seem to be buzzwords in the country at this time and the definition of free speech is easily moulded to suit the reality of people in power. The open assault on journalists at JNU this week along with recurring accounts of crime against journalists reported last year in September and October are proof why India ranked 14th on the Impunity Index report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, and was Asia’s deadliest country for media personnel in 2015.

This leads us to believe that we being the largest democracy in the world hardly work at providing a safe and conducive work environment to the fourth pillar of democracy – media and press.

In the case of JNU students shouting anti-Indian slogans at a meeting on February 9th, expressing solidarity with Kashmiris, which had them booked on sedition charges, freedom of speech was found deeply compromised.

Even though the Student Union and all leftists groups at JNU strongly criticized the sloganeering, the Delhi Police decided to make a statement by arresting Student Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition, based on complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and BJP’s student wing ABVP.

The Police, law enforcers, did nothing to uphold the law, when several journalists reporting at the Patiala House Court on Monday, where Kanhaiya was presented, were beaten up and abused by a group of lawyers. Top editors of national media and hundreds of journalists staged a protest, walking from the Press Club to the Supreme Court, demanding action against the clear violation of democratic rights. The journalists submitted a memorandum to the apex court’s Registrar seeking cancellation of licenses of lawyers involved in the assault.

Not easily extinguished, the fire bellowed stronger yesterday when Kanhaiya, who has been detained in judicial custody till March 2nd, was battered by some lawyers in court. A journalist and a student were also alleged collateral damage in the repeated violence.

Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley, tweeted in support of the media saying they have an unhindered right to report and attacks against them are highly condemnable. Still, the appalling state of affairs in this matter needs immediate rectification.

The two critical instruments for preserving harmony – the State Police and the Government need to take firm action against this absolute abuse of power and public sentiment. We will not be walked over by people bowing to the whims of politicians. Don’t be a mute spectator, make your voice heard.

Yupp It’s NDTV

MediaWatch-16.2.16YuppTV, the OTT provider claiming to be the largest in the world, has partnered with NDTV.
The group’s four channels – NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, NDTV Prime, and NDTV Good Times will be available to YuppTV viewers on both the website and mobile app. » Keep up with the latest developments in the case of the JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest here. He was arrested on sedition charges for participating in the Afzal Guru event on February 9, in which anti-India slogans were raised. Several journalists reporting at the scene, when Kanhaiya was produced in court, were heckled and manhandled. They took to Twitter to vent their anger. » MIB recently cancelled licenses for as many as 126 channels, bringing down the number of permitted private satellite TV channels to 857. 399 news and current affairs channels, and 458 are non-news and current affairs channels remain valid. » Publishers have reason to be hopeful about better results from the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) by the Media Research User Council (MRUC). MRUC recently held a meeting for deciding pricing and analyzing more databases for a new report expected to be made public soon.

Flocking Together

MediaWatch-Image05.02.16India Today TV showcases town halls on Twitter. Town halls let twitter followers tweet questions to which the guests respond on the show.  Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hassan have already featured as guests, the third episode in the series featuring Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be aired this week-end. The exclusive partnership will also extend to Aaj Tak for relevant guests. » Network18’s News18.com all set to woo Hindi speaking viewers in a brand new dynamic avatar. Rebranded as Pradesh18.com, the responsive website will be available in 5 regional languages. » Prasar Bharti and MIB seemed to be singing different tunes with regards to pushing the public broadcaster’s content directly from TV to mobile, and creating a technology “ecosystem” for the same. At an event where Prasar Bharti CEO Jawahar Sircar and MIB Special Secretary J S Mathur were both present, read what they had to say. » Janardhan Jadhav’s ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat’, a Marathi play, received 19 cuts on the censor board’s chopping table. Depicting a fictional conversation between Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi, referencing Dalit deaths in Mumbai in 1997 and 2006, the play could “stoke controversy by hurting sentiments”, said Arun Nalwade, Chairman of the Board. » Time Inc. to provide a ‘Motto’ to young women. The magazine publisher launched a new website called ‘Motto’ which will advise young women about life, work and play. The website will include contributions from celebrities and original articles from the Time staff.

Gender Sensitization for Journos

ChaiTime-Image01.02.jpgFICCI Ladies Organization & Population First, under their flagship campaign – Laadli, are going to organize a one-day workshop on Gender Sensitive Reporting for working journalists. With the aim to create a pool of gender sensitive journalists and to encourage them for consistent and sensitive reporting on gender issues, this workshop will be held on 15th February 2016 at the JB Hall of the Films Division, Mumbai. » All India Regional Editors Conference is set to kick start today in Jaipur. The conference organized by PIB, MIB & GoI, is going to be attended by over 100 media persons. Having nine sessions on core social & infrastructure Ministries of the Government of India, the conference will also witness Maneka Gandhi discussing various issues pertaining to Women & Child Development.

The Price Of Exclusivity

MediaWatch-Image28.01.16NDTV India has landed itself in trouble due to the coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack. The MIB has issued a show cause notice to the channel cited as “prima facie” violation of norms for broadcasting sensitive information. The channel continued to telecast live movements and tactics of the army despite the fact that two of the terrorists were known to be alive. » Hyderabad High Court has refused to grant an interim stay order on Telangana government’s decision to extend financial assistance to IAS Officer Smitha Sabharwal. The state has already released the amount of legal expenses needed to fight the defamation case against the management of Outlook magazine and the court has taken serious objection to the ‘sexist remarks’ made about the officer by the magazine. »  CNN International has come up with a comprehensive ‘CNN Politics Package’ for international TV and digital publishers to access exclusive CNN content to boost their coverage of 2016’s biggest news event – the US Presidential Elections. Know more about this offering.