Erroneous Outlook

MediaWatch-Image1.12Skipping fact check can lead to some serious consequences. Outlook mistakenly attributed VHP’s Late Ashok Singhal’s comment to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which caused quite a furore in the Lok Sabha. CPI-M MP Mohammad Salim, on the back of the magazine quote, hurled accusations at Singh which he vehemently denied. Outlook has tweeted its apology and corrected the online version of their Nov 16 article. » Freedom of expression is stuff of fantasy in this country. At least that’s what you’ll think when you read about Marathi newspaper Lokmat being driven to apologize for publishing a ‘piggybank’ cartoon with an article titled “ISIS cha paisa” (ISIS money). Muslims in Maharashtra took to the streets and even resorted to vandalism because the cartoon had the Prophet’s signature inscribed on the piggybank. Protest leader, Congress MP, Shaikh Asif Shaikh Rashid said the apology wasn’t enough. » Nepal has blocked Indian TV channels indefinitely, again. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae expressed concern over the growing “anti-India” sentiment in Nepal. “We sense that this is being used for certain objective — political or otherwise”, he added. » India startup stories graduate from a section of the Tech in Asia website to a separate website – TechInAsia.in. Expanding to India, Tech in Asia has also put together an initial team of editorial and business staff here.

Media Lights Off

MediaWatch-Image30.9Despite being critical of Nepal’s new constitution, India denies enforcing any ‘blockade of goods’ from Nepal into the country. Protesting the said unofficial ‘blockade’ Nepali Cable TV operators have blocked 42 Indian channels. “The black-out will be indefinite”, said president of the Nepal Cable Television Association. » After Jagannath Bastia, president of Puri Journalists’ Association, brought the matter to PCI’s attention, PCI is ready to start hearing allegations in the cash-for-journalists case. The case is against BJP MP, Pinaki Mishra who distributed Rs. 200 each to journalists at a press conference in Puri last year. Bastia will be in Delhi on October 8, to record his statement. » Retired mediapersons in Tamil Nadu to enjoy increased pension, all thanks to CM J Jayalalithaa. Journalist associations including CJI, expressed their gratitude for the State Government on Tuesday. » Melissa Waggener Zorkin and Pam Edstorm, co-founders of Waggener Edstrom, have taken their names off the door and rebranded the firm to WE. The revamp is part of the firm’s overall transformation, focusing on new partners, growth strategies and talent. Zorkin said that the agency is focused on delivering growth worldwide. In APAC, the firm is steadily growing at 8%, with WE India growing at 15%, and China seeing double that.

Exclusive Coverage from Ground Zero

Trending-Image23.9.15As Modi gears up for his US tour, NewsX and India News are set to serve their viewers expansive coverage of his visit. The line-up will include a multitude of special shows, exclusive interviews, round-table discussions and live updates as events unfold in the US. The key journalists covering the tour will be editorial experts, Rahul Shivshankar, Editor-in-Chief, NewsX and Deepak Chaurasia, Editor-in-Chief, India News, along with Kartikeya Sharma, Geeta Mohan and Sheetal Rajput, providing views from Ground Zero. » In response to a chorus of criticism, the Indian government has hastily withdrawn its draft of the National Encryption Policy. The draconian proposal comes as an embarrassment to India as it is days before PM Modi travels to Silicon Valley to attract investment and promote India as an emerging market for digital technology. » The hashtag #BackOffIndia on Tuesday trended worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Nepal disapproved of what they termed as “India’s intrusion in their internal affairs.” The backlash came after the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement requesting Nepal to hold a dialogue as India was worried about protests affecting the border regions given Nepal’s newly adopted democratic constitution.

PM’s US Tour

The crowd of US-based supporters await the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India for a community reception September 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Modi received a rock star reception as thousands cheered on the new right-wing leader in a packed arena. Modi, a Hindu nationalist who swept to power earlier this year, addressed the United Nations on September 27 at the start of a visit to the United States, which is eager to court him after shunning the right-wing leader for a decade. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)The Modi mania continues. His five day US tour includes dinner with 50 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, a visit to the Facebook HQ, as well as an address at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. However Modi is most enthusiastic about the “India-US Start-up Konnect”, an event where Indian start-ups will showcase their innovations and forge partnerships with the vibrant American start-up industry. » Nepal adopted its new Constitution – “Constitution 2072” on Sunday. Transforming the country from a Hindu monarchy to a secular democracy and federal republic, Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav called for “unity and cooperation of all at this historic moment.” » In week 36 of the BARC ratings, the English News genre saw Times Now lead by a high margin at number one position with its ratings as 511. NDTV 24×7 grabbed the second spot with ratings at 220, followed by CNN-IBN with 165.

Bajao For A Cause

MediaWatch-Image7.5Post Nepal – Indian media clash, India’s Red FM and Nepal’s Radio Kantipur collaborate for ‘Bajao For a Cause’- a morning show motivating listeners to extend help for the earthquake victims. Red FM even pledged to donate their one day salary to the Nepal earthquake relief fund NGO- SEEDS . Asianet News Network has appointed Sugata Srinivasaraju as the Editorial Director for Kannada Prabha, a respected Kannada daily and Suvarna 24X7, a leading Kannada news channel. He will be heading the future news ventures of the popular South Indian media group.

Media Goof-up?

Trending-Image5.5Nepal government urges the NDRF to wind up its relief operations and return to India as “they don’t need further support”. The news coming in a day after Nepal took to social media venting their ire on Indian media indicates that Operation ‘Maitri’ might have turned unfriendly over ‘undue publicity’. Blaming the media for twisting the entire story to malign the party’s image – Aam Aadmi Party continues to back its leader Kumar Vishwas over a controversy accusing him of illicit liaisons with a party volunteer of Delhi Commission for Women. Taking an offensive stand, AAP leader Sanjay Singh advised the media to refrain from targeting the party without evidence.

Insensitivity Slammed

Trending-Image4.5Indian media faces severe flak for its alleged insensitive and biased coverage of the Nepal earthquake with #GoHomeIndianMedia hashtag trending with over 128,000 tweets on Sunday. While the rescue effort has been praised, media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the calamity seems to have left a bitter aftertaste among Nepalis as they described the media reportage as a “public relations exercise on behalf of the Government in Delhi”. Running for cover , Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae wrote a piece in Kantipur, Nepal’s highest circulated daily, requesting  Nepalis not to doubt the country’s intentions in helping its neighbour in distress.