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Indian news and current affairs - what's in the news? Why? Should it be? Tune in for an edgy take on the business of news, politics and current affairs. Newslaundry matlab - Sabki Dhulai.
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इस बार की चर्चा विशेष रूप से फ़ेक न्यूज़ को समर्पित रही. बीबीसी द्वारा फेक न्यूज़ के ऊपर किया गया एक रिसर्च इस हफ्ते बहस में रहा. इसके अलावा अमेरिका में ट्रंप प्रशासन द्वारा सीएनएन के व्हाइट हाउस संवाददाता जिम एकोस्टा का पास निलंबित करना, बदले में सीएनएन द्वारा ट्रंप को अदालत में घसीटना और एएनआई समाचार एजेंसी की संपादक स्मिता प्रकाश द्वारा रफाल लड़ाकू जहाज बनाने वाली कंपनी दसों के सीईओ का साक्षात्कार इस हफ्ते की एनएल चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे.

इस बार की चर्चा में बीबीसी डिजिटल हिंदी के संपादक राजेश प्रियदर्शी बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल, विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.

चर्चा की शुरुआत अतुल चौरसिया ने राजेश प्रियदर्शी के सामने एक सवाल के साथ की- “बीबीसी के रिसर्च की बड़ी चर्चा है. हम चाहेंगे कि आप संक्षेप में इसके मुख्य नतीजों और रिसर्च के तरीके के बारे में बताएं.”

राजेश प्रियदर्शी ने बताया, “फ़ेक न्यूज़ को लेकर हर तरफ से कहा जाता है कि दूसरा पक्ष फ़ेक न्यूज़ फैला रहा है. समस्या की जड़ वहां है जहां आम आदमी किसी न्यूज़ पर भरोसा करके उसे आगे बढ़ाता है. यह काम वो किसी भी सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म के जरिए करता है.”

वो आगे कहते हैं, “हमने इस रिसर्च के जरिए यह जानने की कोशिश की है कि फ़ेक न्यूज़ फैलाने वाले लोग कौन हैं. किन वजहों से वो ऐसा करते हैं. उनके दिमाग में क्या है. ऐसे लोगों का मोटीवेशन क्या है. इस पर बीबीसी ने एक क्वालिटेटिव रिसर्च की है, जिसमें चीजों को गहराई से समझने की कोशिश की गई है. हमने राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर कोई सर्वेक्षण नहीं किया है. अलग-अलग शहरों में अलग-अलग आयु, आय और जेंडर के 40 लोगों के सोशल मीडिया बिहेवियर को परखा गया है.”

यहां अतुल ने हस्तक्षेप किया, “आपने कई बातें बताई. रिसर्च से एक बात सामने निकल कर आई कि भारत में फ़ेक न्यूज़ के पीछे नेशनलिज्म बड़ा फैक्टर है जो लोगों को फ़ेक न्यूज़ की दिशा में प्रेरित कर रहा है. दुनिया भर में दक्षिणपंथी सोच का प्रभाव फ़ेक न्यूज़ के ऊपर ज्यादा है. इस समय ज्यादातर देशों में ऐसी ही सरकारें भी हैं. तो इसमें सरकारों की क्या भूमिका दिखती है.”

राजेश के मुताबिक इसमें चार चीजें मुख्य रूप से भर कर सामने आई. हिंदू सुपीरियॉरिटी, हिंदू धर्म का पुनरुत्थान, राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता और गर्व, एक नायक का व्यक्तित्व (इस मामले में मोदी). ये चारो चीजें आपस में गुंथी हुई हैं.

राहुल कोटियाल ने इसके एक दूसरे पहलु पर रोशनी डालते हुए कहा, “इस रिसर्च को किसी अकादमिक दस्तावेज में शामिल नहीं किया जाएगा. इसकी वजह शायद इसका छोटा सैंपल साइज़ है. यह विरोधियों को इस रिसर्च को खारिज करने का अवसर भी देता है. बीबीसी इस सवाल से कैसे निपटेगा?”

जवाब में राजेश कहते हैं, “मूल बात यह है कि बीबीसी कोई अकादमिक संस्था नहीं है. यह येल या हार्वर्ड नहीं है. हमारी चिंता मीडिया फ्रटर्निटी में मौजूद फ़ेक न्यूज़ की समस्या थी. यह रिसर्च कोई अंतिम सत्य नहीं है.”

अमित भारद्वाज का सवाल इस पूरी चर्चा को एक अलग धरातल पर ले जाता है. उन्होंने कहा, “इस रिसर्च से यह बात उभर कर सामने आई कि हिंदुत्व और नेशनलिज्म फ़ेक न्यूज़ के अहम फैक्टर हैं. रिपोर्ट पढ़कर हिंदुत्व का फैक्टर बड़ी प्रमुखता से सामने आता है. लेकिन रिपोर्ट में नेशनलिज्म शब्द चुना गया, हिंदुत्व नहीं. क्या यह सोच-विचार कर उठाया गया क़दम था?”

इस सवाल के साथ ही अतुल ने भी एक सवाल जोड़ा, “आपने बताया कि 40 लोगों से सहमति ली गई कि आप उनके सोशल मीडिया बिहेवियर का आकलन करना चाहते हैं. बहुत संभव है कि जिन लोगों पर आप रिसर्च कर रहे थे उनके दिमाग में कहीं न कहीं यह बात चल रही हो कि उनके ऊपर नज़र रखी जा रही है, ऐसे में उनका व्यवहार सामान्य न रहकर चैतन्य हो सकता है.”

इन सवालों के बेहद दिलचस्प जवाब राजेश प्रियदर्शी ने दिए. उनका पूरा जवाब और अन्य विषयों पर पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने के लिए पूरी चर्चा सुने.
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In this week’s Hafta episode, Supreme Court lawyer Mihira Sood joins our in-house panel of Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande.

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This week's Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, Special Correspondent Amit Bhardwaj, and Desk Writer, Gaurav Sarkar. The panel is joined by two guests over the phone: Chattisgarh-based Kamal Shukla, editor of Bhumkal Samachar and Kerala-based Vishnu Verma from Indian Express digital.

In the podcast, Amit talks about how sections of the media over-reported Tej Pratap Yadav's divorce. Yadav is the elder son of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi. Amit also weighs in on how stories of news value from Bihar such as the developments in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case have been eclipsed. Adding to the point, Cherry speaks about the repeated denial of bail to Delhi-based analyst and journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra.
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From the growing influence of Sanskrit to the ‘Hinglish’ used today, Hindi is an evolving lifeform.

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The awareness of Hindi’s importance in the first half of the 20th century was imbued with its practical utility and inspired by inclusive nationalism.

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भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक की स्वायत्तता पर सरकार का खतरा, डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प और मीडिया के बीच टकराव, इसकी भारतीय संदर्भ में विवेचना, कर्नाटक में लोकसभा की तीन और विधानसभा की दो सीटों पर हुआ उपचुनाव, इसमें जेडी(एस) और कांग्रेस गठबंधन की जीत, पं. नेहरू के आवास तीनमूर्ति भवन की नेहरू मेमोरियल म्यूज़ियम और लाइब्रेरी की गवर्निंग बॉडी में 4 नए सदस्यों की नियुक्ति आदि इस हफ्ते की चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे.

इस बार चर्चा में बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए पत्रकार नीरज ठाकुर, जो मूलरूप से आर्थिक मामलों के पत्रकार हैं. इनके अलावा स्तम्भ लेखक आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी चर्चा में शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.

चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए अतुल चौरसिया ने पूछा, “आरबीआई एक्ट का सेक्शन 7 यानी जिस रेयर लॉ की बात हो रही है, वह सरकार को किस तरह के अधिकार देता है?”

इसका जवाब देते हुए नीरज ठाकुर ने कहा, “सरकार के पास पैसे की कमी पड़ गयी है, और वह जल्द से जल्द कुछ कुछ निर्णय लेना चाह रही है. जिसे आरबीआई मना कर रहा है. आरबीआई हमेशा से अपनी स्वायत्तता को बचाए रखना चाहता है, जबकि सरकारें हमेशा से चाहती रही हैं कि वह उनके हिसाब चले. इसके अंदर सेक्शन 7 सरकार को किसी भी तरह का निर्देश जारी करने का अधिकार सरकार को देता है, जिसे आरबीआई को मानना ही पड़ेगा.”

नीरज ने इस संकट के उत्पन्न होने की वजहें और भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था में पैदा हुए उटापटक के सूत्र नोटबंदी से जोड़े. जिसको लेकर सरकार ने समय-समय पर बड़े-बड़े दावे किए थे. लेकिन आज की तारीख में यह बात साबित हो गई कि नोटबंदी असफल रही.

अतुल ने नोटबंदी के सवाल को आगे बढ़ाते हुए आर्थिक विशेषज्ञ प्रियरंजन दास का हवाला दिया जिन्होंने कहा है कि सरकार का आकलन था कि नोटबंदी से अर्थव्यवस्था में करीब साढ़े तीन से चार लाख करोड़ रुपए का काला धन वापस नहीं लौटेगा. लिहाजा सरकार यह शेष रकम रिजर्व बैंक से लेगी. लेकिन नोटबंदी में सारा पैसा वापस आ गया. अब सरकार वही साढ़े तीन लाख करोड़ रुपए रिजर्व बैंक से उसके रिजर्व से वसूलना चाहती है.

आनंद वर्धन ने इसका जवाब देते हुए कहा, “अब जबकि सत्ता का केन्द्रीकरण बहुत अधिक है, और इसमें संवादहीनता और पारदर्शिता की कमी है. नोटबंदी के उद्देश्य पहले भी बार-बार बदलते रहे हैं. इसमें सरकारी संवाद भी बहुत हद तक लचर रहा है. शायद सरकार की सोच चुनाव के पहले इस पैसे के जरिए कुछ लोकलुभावन योजनाओं को बड़े पैमाने पर शुरू करने की है.”

नीरज ने सरकार द्वारा रिज़र्व बैंक के ऊपर बनाए जा रहे दबाव को पूरी तरह से राजनीतिक निर्णय बताया.

अमित भारद्वाज के मुताबिक पंजाब नेशनल बैंक घोटाला सामने आने के बाद से चीजें बदली हैं. जैसे फरवरी सर्कुलर है जिसके जरिए 11 बैंकों को पीसीए के तहत लाया गया. विरल आचार्य ने जैसे कहा कि जो आरबीआई या केंद्रीय बैंक के स्वायत्तता के साथ जो खिलवाड़ करेगा, उसे मार्केट की नाराजगी झेलनी पड़ेगी. उस बयान के बाद अरुण जेटली का बयान आया कि आरबीआई को सरकार के मुताबिक ही काम करना चाहिए क्योंकि वह चुनी हुई संस्था है और लोगों के प्रति जवाबदेह है. इससे आरबीआई और सरकार के बीच का टकराव सतह पर आ गया.

आगे उन्होंने कहा कि रघुराम राजन की छवि सरकार विरोधी बना दी गई थी, लिहाजा राजन की इच्छा के बाद भी उन्हें दूसरा कार्यकाल न देते हुए उर्जित पटेल को नया गवर्नर सरकार ने नियुक्त किया. उनके बारे में यह धारणा बनाई गई कि वे गुजरात से आते हैं और मोदी के करीबी हैं. अब इस संकट के बाद अगर उर्जित पटेल इस्तीफा देकर दे जाते हैं तो दुनिया के बाजार में सरकार की प्रतिष्ठा और विश्वसनीयता को बड़ा धक्का लगेगा.

पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने और अन्य मुद्दों के लिए सुनें पूरी चर्चा.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.

This week features our in-house panel comprising Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan. A lot happened in the past week: from air pollution and firecrackers in Delhi to Sabarimala protests in Kerala, Trump’s press conference in the White House to Arnab Goswami being appointed a member of the Nehru Memorial Museum in Lutyens’ Delhi. The panel also discusses the killing of Avni the tigress (which has left her two cubs orphaned), the Ram Mandir issue and a lot more.

Listen to the full episode here:
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In this episode of The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap, Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen talk about the “viral videos” made around the Diwali season and some movies.

Rajyasree starts off the discussion by talking about the "#MeToo bag" which has been designed by Priyanka Vachchani and which is claimed can also be used for self-defence. She explains how the #MeToo movement has been used in the fashion business and how the ad that was put out was cringe-worthy. The discussion moves on to HP’s recent Diwali ad titled "#GoLocal" which Abhinandan and Rajyasree think is overly emotionalised.

The hosts then talk about the Hollywood movie BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and released earlier this year. The movie is a true story about the first Black-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. The consensus is that our subscribers should watch this fun-packed and well-shot movie, which Abhinandan says is a political statement by the director against Trump. Abhinandan also briefly talks about a 1993 western action thriller called Tombstone.

Abhinandan then moves on to romantic comedy-drama Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon M Chu which released earlier this year. He says it's a classic love story but also reinforces some stereotypes. Rajyasree talks about a commercial by Ghadi Detergent, which steers the discussion into the stereotypes and set standards of gender and class in the Indian community. They discuss a special Karwa Chauth commercial by Nykaa titled "Qaid", featuring India’s first transsexual model Nikkey Chawla. Abhinandan and Rajyasree ask the same question: “Why has Karwa Chauth been unnecessarily brought in to convey such an emotion?” They agree it's a good commercial, but Rajyasree says it's still a marketing gimmick.

This and more, so listen up!
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What is #RBIvsGovt all about? This episode of Reporters Without Orders with Business Standard's assistant editor Arup Roychoudhury, Newslaundry's Amit Bhardwaj, Gaurav Sarkar and Cherry Agarwal has the details. The panel is joined by Prem Shankar Mishra, senior correspondent with Navbharat Times Lucknow, to discuss discrepancies in teacher recruitment in Uttar Pradesh and the impact of his story.

The discussion starts with Arup talking about the rift between the Reserve Bank of India and the government. Speaking about RBI's independence, Arup explains that RBI's autonomy is without any legal backing. Weighing in on media's coverage of economic policy, he adds, “The general channels don’t have the bandwidth or intelligence to cover this."

Prem joins the panel to speak about developments in the teacher recruitment scam following his story. As matters stand, the High Court has taken cognisance of the issue.

Speaking about an issue that got more attention than it deserved, Amit says that the Ayodhya dispute was over-reported in the media. He adds that sections of the media also misreported the issue, which was hyped without much context.

Gaurav talks about a recent incident in Bihar, where an 80-year-old Muslim man was lynched and burned by a mob. This found little coverage in mainstream media, Gaurav tells the panel. Meanwhile, he says, the Statue of Unity got more coverage than it deserved.

Cherry talks about how the New York Times' Pakistan edition skipped publishing a critical op-ed piece by Mohammed Hanif. The article was about Asia Bibi's acquittal. She also talks about Arnab Goswami’s appointment to the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library and killing of five Bengali-speaking men in Assam's Tinsukia.

For this and more, listen up!
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दंतेवाड़ा में हुआ नक्सली हमला, पाकिस्तान में आसिया बीबी के ईशनिंदा मामले पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट का फैसला और पाकिस्तानी अवाम का विरोध, राम मंदिर की सुनवाई की तारीख बढ़ने और हाशिमपुरा नरसंहार पर आया दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय का फैसला आदि इस बार की एनएल चर्चा का विषय रहे.

इस बार की चर्चा में दो खास मेहमानों ने टेलीफोन के जरिए हिस्सा लिया. इनमें हैदराबाद से पत्रकार मालिनी सुब्रमण्यम, जिन्होंने नक्सली इलाकों में काफी पत्रकारिता की है और साथ ही पाकिस्तान से बीबीसी के पूर्व पत्रकार हफीज चाचड़ शामिल हुए. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल, विशष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.

चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए अतुल चौरसिया ने दंतेवाड़ा में हुए नक्सली हमले और दूरदर्शन के कैमरामैन अच्युतानंद साहू की मौत पर दुख व्यक्त करते हुए कहा कि ऐसे किसी भी हिंसाग्रस्त इलाके में काम करने वाले पत्रकारों की क्या चुनौतियां हैं, जो पत्रकार वहां जा रहे है उनको किन बातों का ध्यान रखना चाहिए? यह बड़ा प्रश्न है. इसके जवाब में मालिनी सुब्रमण्यम ने कहा, “यह बहुत ही बड़ा घटना है. और इस बात पर दोनों पक्षों को, सरकार और माओवादी, सफाई देने की जरूरत है. हालांकि माओवादियों ने एक पर्चा जारी कर कहा है कि- “पत्रकारों पर हमला करने का उनका कोई उद्देश्य नहीं था. उन्होंने पुलिस के ऊपर हमला किया था. जैसे ही उन्होंने पुलिस को देखा तो हमला कर दिया. इस हमले को लेकर प्रपोगेंडा चलाया जा रहा है कि माओवादियों ने पत्रकारों को निशाना बनाया. उन्हें बिलकुल भी पत्रकारों के बारे में नहीं था पता था.”

अतुल ने पुलिस और पत्रकारों के साथ होने की ओर ध्यान खींचते हुए सवाल किया कि क्या पत्रकारों को ऐसे युद्धरत इलाकों में किसी भी एक पार्टी (सुरक्षा बल या माओवादी) के साथ रिपोर्टिंग के लिए जाना चाहिए? क्योंकि वहां किसी एक पार्टी के साथ होने की सूरत में रिपोर्टर खुद ब खुद दूसरी पार्टी के निशाने पर आ जाते हैं. मालिनी ने डीडी के पत्रकारों द्वारा की गई एक चूक बताया. उनके मुताबिक पत्रकार को स्वतंत्र रूप से ऐऐसे इलाकों में जाना चाहिए. पुलिस चाहे कितनी भी संख्या में हो, पत्रकार के साथ होना खतरे का सबब है.

इसी चर्चा को आगे बढ़ते हुए राहुल कोटियाल का एक सवाल आया कि यह जो घटना घटी है, क्या इसको एक छोटी-मोटी घटना मान लिया जाये या फिर इसमें कोई बड़ा संदेश छिपा है? मालिनी ने जवाब में कहा, “इसमें से एक संदेश पत्रकारों को लिए है. एंबुश आए दिन होते रहते हैं. तो ऐसे इलाकों में पत्रकारों की अपनी पहचान के साथ जाना होगा. जैसा कि माओवादियों ने भी कहा है कि कोई पत्रकार चुनाव कवर करने आ रहा है, वह स्वतंत्र होकर आए. किसी भी तरह की सुरक्षा न ले.”

न्यूज़लांड्री के रिपोर्टर अमित भारद्वाज ने एक नए पहलू की पर रोशनी डालते हुए सवाल किया कि दरगा कमेटी द्वारा जारी चिट्ठी, जिसमें माओवादियों ने पत्रकारों और चुनाव कर्मियों से कहा कि वो आयें चुनाव कवर करें, चुनाव प्रक्रिया में शामिल हों लेकिन बिना सुरक्षाबलों के। हम उन्हें क्षति नहीं पहुंचाएंगे, लेकिन वहीं दूसरी तरफ अटैक करते हैं। तो क्या इसमें विरोधाभाष नजर नहीं आता? जिसके जवाब में मालिनी ने कहा कि हर पक्ष स्वयम को बचाने की कोशिश कर रहा है।

इस विषय के आखिर में अतुल ने कहा कि डीडी न्यूज़ के पत्रकारों की तरफ से यह बड़ी चूक हुई है. दुनिया भर के संघर्षरत इलाकों में, युद्धग्रस्त इलाकों में रिपोर्टिंग के लिए जाने वाले पत्रकारों को एक स्पष्ट गाइडलाइंस फॉलो करने की जरूरत है. उन्हें क्या करना है, क्या नहीं करना है, इसकी स्पष्ट समझ होनी चाहिए. यह ज़िम्मेदारी पत्रकारिता संस्थानों की भी है कि वे ऐसे पत्रकारों को व्यापक प्रशिक्षण देकर ही युद्धरत इलाकों में रिपोर्टिंग के लिए भेजें.

पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने और अन्य मुद्दों के लिए सुनें पूरी चर्चा.
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In this week's NL Hafta, we're joined by former NDTV editor Hridayesh Joshi along with the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan. This week we discuss air pollution, the death of Doordarshan News cameraperson Achyuta Nanda Sahu who was killed in a Naxal attack, the new Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue, and a little more on publishing houses.

An expert on subjects like climate change, Naxalism and politics, Hridayesh Joshi gives us interesting insight in this episode. Starting with air pollution, Joshi talks about various development schemes of the government like the Char Dham Yatra project, which led to the indiscriminate cutting of trees in Uttarakhand. Various nuances of climate change are touched upon. Joshi also tells us how the death of the Doordarshan News journalist was avoidable and how reporting from a Naxal zone has to be done while following certain cardinal rules.

Hear Madhu Trehan speak on a not very decent tweet by Divya Spandana. She also tells us why "Sharam sabki utari hui hai' when it comes to politics and politicians. The panel also talks about Twitter obsessions and its hazardous effects. Will the coming elections be the dirtiest and the cheapest one we've seen yet? Have we normalised Gaali-Galoch in politics?

This and more in the latest episode of NL Hafta!
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Each generation forged ahead in fighting misogynist forces.

Read the article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/10/29/metoo-in-newsrooms-battling-sexism-since-the-1960s
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In its 90th episode, The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap takes you on an entertaining ride of some of the worst and best developments of the week. Our hosts Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen talk about two novels, latest shows on Netflix and an awful short film recommended for the mufatkhors!

The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges is a novel written by Aatish Taseer whom Abhinandan calls one of the finest writers of his time. The book is about the Brahmin mind, Benaras, and modern politics. Another book discussed in this episode is Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif. The book is about America's war politics and its victims. Both books are highly recommended by our hosts.

Taking a dive from a very highbrow discussion, Rajyasree takes us to Eros Now's latest drama series Smoke. A drama set in Goa and revolving around drugs, Rajyasree says Smoke is one of the most well-shot series and has a Narcos feel to it. The cast of this crime drama includes Tom Alter, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin and Jim Sarbh. Sen also thinks the series is as good as Sacred Games and has an Anurag Kashyap vibe to it.

Moving on, we discuss Hasan Minhaj's latest series on Netflix, Patriot Act. Abhinandan and Rajyasree believe Hasan's style of stand-up comedy is different but quite predictable, unlike comedians like Stephen Colbert. With only two episodes out, maybe it's too early to judge what Patriot Act has in store but it's a remarkable feat for an American-Indian to have his own show on Netflix.

Another recommendation coming from Netflix is BBC series Bodyguard starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes. They also discuss the latest trailer of Kedarnath starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput and how it was successful in piquing viewers' interest.

The podcast also talks about a short film, The Playboy Mr Sawhney, which turned out to be a torturous watch. Listen to the full podcast to know why it's been highly recommended for our mufatkhors.
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This episode of Reporters Without Orders features a complete in-house panel comprising our host Cherry Agarwal, Newslaundry's intrepid reporters Prateek Goyal and Amit Bhardwaj, Gaurav Sarkar from the Newslaundry desk.

The podcast kicks off with a discussion on air pollution and Delhi's deteriorating air quality. The panel also discusses media's coverage of the issue. Gaurav says that had the media given enough attention to this issue, a solution would have emerged. "A knee-jerk reaction won't solve the problem, air pollution has to be tackled head-on. We need proper investigative reports on climate change, including reports that track air quality over 10-15 years of time to find long-term solutions," Gaurav says.

Prateek tells us that the drought situation in many parts of Maharashtra has been under-reported and issues like Rakhi Sawant's dramatic press conference are being over-reported. Issues like migration from drought-hit areas and human trafficking of young girls from these regions remain under-reported, Prateek adds. "Will the election year force the media to cover farmer distress and related issues? Will the politicians try to please the farmers just because it's election time? Amit asks.

The panel also discusses the death of eight-year-old Mohammad Azeem at South Delhi’s Jamia Faridiya Madrasa. Amit tells the panel that it was not a case of mob lynching, as was being portrayed by sections of the media. For all this and more, listen up!
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It's been an exciting week in news, and we have an exciting panel in this episode of NL Hafta! We're joined by NDTV’s political editor and anchor of Reality Check, Sunetra Choudhary, with the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and also Madhu Trehan, our editor-in-chief.

The episode kicks off with the CBI versus CBI drama. Sunetra has been covering the CBI for a long time and gives us some insight into this case. We find out why this case is important and how it’s got all the ingredients that make up a good news story. Sunetra also tells us about talented BJP spokespersons who make appearances on NDTV. The panel then moves on to discuss Smriti Irani’s bizarre comment based on a piece of fake news. Madhu tells us how the Sabarimala issue has gotten out of hand and why no political party wants to irk the Ayyappa devotees in exchange for votes.

This Hafta episode also continues the discussion on #MeToo and talks about Tavleen Singh and Seema Mustafa’s take on the issue. Is there no space for nuance in this movement?

From Kashoggi’s gruesome murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s fake outrage and the West’s reaction to the case—Abhinandan shares his thoughts. In the context of Anil Ambani suing NDTV for ₹10,000 crore, Madhu is reminded of a Netflix documentary, Nobody Speak.

The team also discusses Abhijit Iyer-Mitra’s recent arrest for his comments, and the irony of the entire episode.

Finally, the Hafta gang discusses the dilemma of separating art from artist considering the recent developments in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Should we stop watching Woody Allen movies after he has been called out? Tune in to find out!
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This episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal along with Prateek Goyal, Gaurav Sarkar, and our guests, Rajeev Sharma, senior journalist from Amritsar, and Ranjeet Jadhav, a reporter from Mid-Day.

The discussion kicks off with Rajeev recounting the Amritsar train accident which left 61 people dead and several others injured. Rajeev shares details about what happened, local media's coverage of the accident, among other things.

Gaurav speaks about his recent article on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering that have surfaced against former TV 18 promoter and current owner of The Quint, Raghav Bahl. Bahl allegedly made ₹114 crore out of an investment of ₹3.03 crore made in a penny stock company called PMC Fincorp. Speaking about challenges he faced while reporting on the story, Gaurav says, “Crunching the numbers would be the biggest challenge and trusting the source as well."

Prateek then speaks about his report where he has documented a disabled woman’s three-year ordeal at the hands of the Army. A deaf and mute woman was allegedly repeatedly raped and harassed by four Army jawans between 2015 and 2017 at Military Hospital, Kirkee, in Pune. “The Army says that it comes under the civil case, which needs an FIR and the police say that in order to prepare the FIR, they need the permission from the Army to do the enquiry," Prateek says speaking about the lack of action in the case.

The panel also discussed media reports about ‘man-eater’ tigress Avni. Speaking about media's reportage on wildlife and environment, Ranjeet says, “In India, there is no reporting that is done by different news organisations on such issues on a regular basis, which results in minimal awareness on the same." He adds, “Sadly when something sensational like continuous human kill comes up, they cover it.”

For other reports, discussion on media's coverage of different issues and more, listen up!
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Seriously, this covers everything.
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On this week’s episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap, our hosts Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss everything ranging from the first episode of the latest season’s Koffee with Karan, to the recently released movie Badhaai Ho, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra.

The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch, a book written by Pakistani journalist Sanam Maher, the television show Styled with Neha, as well as two popular advertisements released recently during the festive season, are also spoken about.

The episode kicks off with a discussion on Satam Maher’s book The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch, based on the life of a Pakistani model and actress who was killed by her brother. “It’s an interesting read—especially during this #MeToo movement,” says Abhinandan.

Rajyasree then weighs in on two television shows that are trending all over the commercial media space: they are Koffee with Karan and Styled with Neha. The sixth season of Koffee with Karan aired on Sunday night, and its first episode featured actresses Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone, who go on to discuss a lot of things—including their personal experiences with Ranbir Kapoor. Styled with Neha, a new show by Fox featuring former Miss India pageant Neha Dhupia, stylist and model Diva Dhawan, and celebrity make-up artist Elton Fernandez, is criticised by Rajyasree.

Both hosts then talk about the recently released movie Badhaai Ho which deals with problems faced by a middle-class family when a mid-aged woman gets pregnant. “It is definitely worth a watch!,” said Rajyasree, and Abhinandan agrees with her.

Moving on, Abhinandan and Rajyasree review two advertisements that have received a lot of limelight during this festive season; they are the Diwali special ad of Saregama Carvaan and Fortune Food’s controversial Durga Pooja advertisement.

The discussion then shifts to the recent #MeToo allegations against Anu Malik, Sajid Khan and Chetan Bhagat, where our hosts take up different stances.

Tune in to find out more.
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This week on NL Hafta, with special guest Amitoj Singh, we discuss the Supreme Court’s judgment on the power tussle between the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Arvind Kejriwal, as well as its interpretations. We also discuss reports of the President being mistreated at Jagannath Temple, WhatsApp rumour-triggered mob lynchings, and finally, the National Register of Citizens, which is creating quite a ruckus in Assam.

Meghnad breaks down the SC judgment: “What this judgment has solved is, essentially, that they have to communicate their decisions to the LG, but don’t have to wait for his approval. If the LG feels that they have taken a decision that is unconstitutional, that is when he has to step in, so he can’t just sit on files.”

Amitoj offers his thoughts on the judgment. “The language of this 535-page order is so complicated, it is making lives suffer…from all the interpretations of all my colleagues…there is not a single word of reprimand for the 3.5 years of the loss of [governance and] for the people of Delhi, that was stalled by the LG. This one keyword, is the real issue out here—‘interpretation’.” The panel then points out some humorous sections from the judgment.

The panel also talks about why it took four days for the President’s office to clarify that the President wasn’t, in fact, mistreated at the Puri temple, even when it dominated national headlines.

Madhu joins the panel to weigh in on the Kejriwal issue. “He really doesn’t know that to get work done you actually have to get along with people.”

Amitoj says, “Whenever you are kind and whenever you are diplomatic, things slow down, and that’s not his style.” Madhu insists that she is “not asking him to be diplomatic, but strategic”. Meghnad agrees, adding, “Sure, there might be some level of vindictiveness from the Central government as well, but at the end of the day, you have to figure out how to get work done, that’s what governance is all about.”

Abhinandan takes a firmer stance on AAP, stating, “Unless they can shake the system to the core, they should disband. I don’t want a male Sheila Dixit.” Madhu feels that unless “you shake up the system to make the bureaucrats more responsive it is not beneficial to anybody".  Amitoj makes a case for Kejriwal, “He is not doing things which he wants to do perhaps which other states can.” Abhinandan feels that the Washington model is “too radical for the way the system is right now”.

The panel subsequently speaks about WhatsApp rumour-triggered mob lynchings that are taking place across the country.

Meghnad provides context on one such viral forward. “One video being circulated was done by a charity fighting to save abducted children in Pakistan. Their end message—which is ‘Save Children in Karachi from Getting Kidnapped’ has been cut off—and only one portion, a mock-thing about 2 adults lifting children, is getting circulated everywhere, along with photos of random people and number plates.”

Madhu offers her thoughts. “To me, WhatsApp by itself has become a lynch mob. People are mindlessly forwarding things…in the 40s and 50s, moral character was held up as something to aspire to….ab toh puri sharam utar gayi hai." She feels that the crux of the problem lies in the fact that “it’s so acceptable to do these things”. The solution she proposes? “Rather than asking WhatsApp to control it…I think the government would be fully authorised and supported to do propaganda on Doordarshan. Instead of putting out stories on the achievements of the government….this is their opportunity to even create a serial based on the damage WhatsApp can do.”

For more, listen in!
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from elections in Pakistan to recent lynching in Alwar, No Confidence Motion, Rahul Gandhi’s hug and wink and more.
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अलवर में अकबर खान की मॉब लिंचिंग, मराठा आरक्षण, पाकिस्तान के चुनाव में इमरान खान की पार्टी तहरीक-ए-इंसाफ का सबसे बड़ी पार्टी के रूप में उभरना और मुजफ्फरपुर के शेल्टर होम में बच्चियों के साथ यौन उत्पीड़न की खबर इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे.

चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे वरिष्ठ पत्रकार हर्षवर्धन त्रिपाठी. साथ ही पैनल में मौजूद रहे राहुल कोटियाल और रोहिण कुमार. साथ ही फोन पर न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी जुड़े. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
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The latest episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, along with Amit Bhardwaj, Rohin Verma, two-time Ramnath Goenka awardee Rahul Kotiyal, and Anoo Bhuyan from The Wire.

The podcast kicks off with a discussion on media's narrative around Akbar Khan's lynching in Alwar. “If you go through our story, we have actually demolished the police’s version of what happened that night, point by point," says Amit. He also points out the importance of the three hours that elapsed between the incident and the time taken to reach the Ramgarh CHC.

Cherry adds, “What I found missing from the larger media narrative was that the two accused were moving around with the policemen.” Amit weighs in to add that the media's narrative changed on July 22 -- the blame shifted from the gau rakshaks to gau rakshaks and the police.

Rest of the panel weighs in too. Anoo adds that she didn’t feel the issue had been obfuscated in the English print and online media, while Rahul emphasises the need for minutely questioning the police’s version of events.

Amit expresses his concerns over the disturbing parallels that exist between Akbar’s case and Pehlu Khan’s case.

Subsequently, the panel discusses media's coverage of #Section377. Anoo weighs in on the problems that exist across Indian news organisations and stresses upon the need for more inclusive newsrooms.

Rohin concurs with Anoo, and points out that sometimes a callous attitude is adopted by the media in its reportage on LGBTQ issues.

Speaking on the issue, Rahul points out the clear division that still exists between Hindi and English media's reportage of the issues related to Section 377. Nevertheless, he says, “things have gotten better”. The panel also discusses if reporters are equipped to handle sensitive conversations.

The gang also discusses the state of health journalism in India. Anoo details the challenges faced by health reporters in India, with people still having regressive attitudes and at times, treating it as an extension of 'Lifestyle and Wellness' reporting.

Rohin points out the hazards of what he calls “baba ji ki booti" reporting, which is reportage done at the cost of important issues like the death of children in Bihar from Japanese encephalitis.

The panel also discusses how Muzaffarnagar case was under-reported. For this and more, Listen up!
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इंडियन एक्सप्रेस की एक ख़बर के मुताबिक सरकार हर वर्ष 10 लाख युवाओं को सैन्य प्रशिक्षण देने की योजना पर विचार कर रही है. इस बाबत प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय में हुई एक बैठक के हवाले से इंडियन एक्सप्रेस में यह ख़बर प्रकाशित हुई. सरकार का लक्ष्य है कि इससे युवाओं में अनुशासन और राष्ट्रसेवा की भावना को मजबूत किया जाए. क्या है पत्रकारों की राय, सुना जाए.
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एनडीटीवी की एक रिपोर्ट के अनुसार व्हाट्सएप अफवाहों और फेक न्यूज़ के आधार पर देशभर में पिछले एक महीने में 20 लोगों की हत्या हो चुकी है. क्विंट की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक 2015 से अबतक मॉब लिंचिंग में 65 लोगों की जान जा चुकी है. भारत सरकार ने व्हाट्सएप को अफवाहों पर लगाम लगाने की चेतावनी दी है. जबाव में व्हाट्सएप ने सरकार से कहा कि वह भारत में व्हाट्सएप के दुरुपयोग से चिंतित है. "यह एक चुनौती है और हमें भारत सरकार, नागरिक समाज और तकनीकी कंपनियों को साथ मिलकर काम करना पड़ेगा."

साथ ही व्हाट्सएप ने अखबारों में भी विज्ञापन दिया. यह कुछ साधारण सलाह हैं जिसे व्हाट्सएप संदेशों के मद्देनज़र ध्यान दिया जाना है. मसलन व्हाट्सएप पर प्राप्त संदेश को फॉरवर्ड करने के पहले समझना, सवाल करना, दूसरे स्रोतों से क्रॉसचेक करना और सोच-विचार कर कुछ भी साझा करने जैसी सलाहें शामिल थी. सुनिए क्या है इसपर पत्रकारों की राय.
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युवाओं को सैन्य परीक्षण देने की योजना, मॉब लिंचिग पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट के दिशानिर्देश, मानसून सत्र में आया अविश्वास प्रस्ताव और पाकिस्तान में होने वाले चुनाव के पहले नवाज शरीफ की गिरफ्तारी जैसे मुद्दे इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे.

द वायर उर्दू के संपादक महताब आलम और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के स्तंभ लेखक आनंद वर्धन चर्चा के अतिथि बने. इनके साथ ही पैनल में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और राहुल कोटियाल भी शामिल हुए. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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In this week’s NL Hafta, the panel consists of Abhinandan, Manisha and Anand. Revati Laul, a renowned independent journalist and filmmaker joined as a guest.

The discussion kicks off with Saifuddin Soz, a senior Congress party leader in Kashmir, who recently launched his book titled, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle. Saifuddin Soz had also made a statement earlier which said that Kashmiris want Azadi. Commenting on Saifuddin Soz, Anand says, “As a political leader of a nation state, he should be more careful of what he’s saying.” Manisha says, “I think he’s making those comments more as an author.” She adds, “I think he has to keep in mind that he’s a politician but then he’s also speaking from the point of view of his book.”

The discussion moves on to the ‘much-advertised’ 43rd anniversary of the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Manisha thinks that it is a ‘hyperbole’. She says, "But, of course, 2019 (elections) I guess that’s the one thing that they (BJP) can whip them (Congress) with.” Commenting on a notion that has surfaced, Anand observes, “I think the fiction of undeclared Emergency is rooted in a sense of deprivation among journalists who don’t have anti-establishment tales to tell in their 60s. And those who are already in their 60s, already know that they’re lying.” He adds, “Advertisements by their very nature are exaggerations.”

Revati compares the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi to the current situation of Indian politics. Abhinandan says, “Human nature is displaying certain levels of servility that were displayed during the Emergency And I think that is unique whenever you get a strong leader.”

The panel discusses the letter written by Vijay Mallya to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which explained how he’s being made a ‘scapegoat’ despite his willingness to settle his dues. Abhinandan says, “I definitely think that he thought he could get away with it and now that he has not, he’s saying I can do all this You could’ve done it earlier also.”

Anand says, “Ignominy has also been earned by the flamboyant lifestyle he had.”

Abhinandan asks the panel about the Chief Economic Adviser's role in policy making, in the context of Arvind Subramanian who recently quit from the position. Anand says, “Having a macro picture of how the economy is moving, what adjustment it needs So it’s a kind of an advisory role Most of the political heads don’t have that expertise to go into those details, so they help in that.”

The panel discusses an Amit Shah-related news story that was pulled down by several media houses. The RTI reply stated, the primary basis of the story, that a huge amount of money was deposited in a bank headed by Amit Shah, post-demonetisation. Abhinandan believes that this circles back to the debate around the ‘Emergency’.

Manisha speaks about the coverage of a crime incident in which an Army officer had killed the wife of another officer. She says, “Both ABP and Aaj Tak ran this headline Do major ek mehbooba They turned it into these rangeela-type websites.”
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from the Supreme Court's order to enact a new law against mob lynching, Nawaz Sharif’s arrest, Shashi Tharoor’s 'Hindu Pakistan' comment, no-confidence motion and more.
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Rahul Puri and Samar Khan are back after a short hiatus to discuss this week’s round-up of sports featuring everything from the recently-concluded World Cup to the new Wimbledon champion.

Rahul and Samar open with a chat on the French football team. “If you objectively look at the squads even at the start of the tournament, theirs was the best squad out there," remarks Rahul.

“In the game against Argentina and against Croatia, you saw all the attacking flair France has. When they needed to be very strong and very solid, they were absolutely that, in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. We saw two sides of France, and that really makes them the deserved winners of the World Cup," he adds.

They also discuss VARs, the first free-kick of the final, and the referee’s calls during the match. “At the end of the day, a bad decision like that can change the course of the match, and it changed the course of the match," feels Samar.

Over to tennis, Rahul believes winning the Wimbledon title was like redemption for Novak Djokovic. “He’s also got age on his side, more than Federer and Nadal, so if he comes back, he could dominate for the next two or three years," comments Samar. For more, listen in!
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Episode 28 of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, along with Amit Bhardwaj, Rohin Verma, two-time Ramnath-winning Rahul Kotiyal, and Atul Dev of The Caravan.
Atul begins by explaining the gist of his latest story -- a profile of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. “There are a whole bunch of charges against (Indian CJI Dipak Misra) in the impeachment motion that was eventually rejected by Venkaiah Naidu…I look at his entire career, I examine how these charges came to be, how these charges came to public light. Then I also look at his family history…There’s an analysis of his High Court and Supreme Court judgments and coming up to right now, with everything that has transpired in the Supreme Court in the past year…”

Cherry then asks Rahul why he chose to explore the story of communal violence in Uttarakhand. "It’s been 18 years since Uttarakhand was created, and it was an area of Western UP which was never communally charged up. However, these increased in the past few years. Almost a dozen big incidents like that of shops being burnt and destroyed."

“In the hilly districts of Western UP, no place has a Muslim population of higher than 3 per cent, but even there people have the fear that their sources are being taken over by a foreign other," explains Rahul. He then remarks on the Right-wing's tying of this mentality to the mass migration of Rohingya Muslims to the region. “If you look on-ground, you will hardly find any Rohingya over there. This narrative is spreading really fast on social media.”

After Rahul remarks about the lack of analytical or critical local coverage of the event, Cherry comments, “It’s up to the local media to take a side.”

On the writing process (a 23-page story), Atul says, “You just have to sit down and get done with it.” He also reveals the role of the newsroom in the creation of the story. “After I give them the story, I think 7 or 8 people are actively involved for a whole month…”

“In the end, everything that I had found, I was able to put down," adds Atul. On being asked if he was fearful about writing on the sitting CJI, he comments, “There is no fear per se but it’s more difficult to find people who are going to talk to you.”

The panel then moves on to the Hindi media’s coverage of a Dalit groom getting on a horse for the first time at his wedding procession. “What should have caught everyone’s eye is that even now someone has to fight to get a horse, just because they come from a particular community," a panelist adds.

“Looking at this and the Chamandih story, it appears as though neither development nor weddings can happen without the caste angle," adds Rahul.

The panel then discusses subscriber models and how to produce sustainable and constructive story-telling. For more, listen in!
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सुप्रीम कोर्ट में धारा 377 पर जारी सुनवाई, शशि थरूर का थिरुवनंतपुरम में हिंदू पाकिस्तान संबंधी बयान, मानव संसाधन व विकास मंत्रालय द्वारा अंबानी के जियो इंस्टिट्युट को इंस्टिट्युट ऑफ प्रॉमिनेंस का दर्जा दिया जाना, रामगढ मॉब लिंचिंग के दोषियों को केन्द्रीय मंत्री जयंत सिन्हा द्वारा स्वागत किया जाना व अन्य इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे.

राजकमल प्रकाशन समूह के संपादकीय निदेशक सत्यानंद निरुपम चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. इसके साथ पैनल में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और रोहिण कुमार भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from judges’ vacation terms, Section 377, Jayant Sinha’s garlanding of convicted lynchers who were out on bail, to the SC-Centre Taj Mahal tussle, the misogynistic adultery law, Netflix’s Sacred Games and more.
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In this week’s Hafta, Rituparna Chatterjee, Consulting Editor, Reader's Digest and India Today magazine, joins Abhinandan Sekhri who was missing from last week's podcast. Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are also on the panel.

The fallout between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People’s Democratic Party, in addition to Arvind Kejriwal’s nine-day-long protest, is discussed in depth by the panel. The Airtel controversy over a customer refusing services from a Muslim customer care executive is also debated upon. The killing of Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari has left our panel in complete dismay. The suicide of Rohit Vemula is revisited as well.

Abhinandan begins the discussion with the murder of Shujaat Bukhari and asks, “Why is this getting so much traction and not other murders?” Raman talks about the incident taking place in a conflicted area like Kashmir. He says, "He is confounded about “what really triggered his killing?”

Rituparna quotes Shujaat from his interview in 2006, “You don't know anymore who your enemies are” and talks about the reality of this statement in today’s times. Manisha talks about the tendency of being “labelled as an India sympathiser” if one is a moderate or reports against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rituparna moves on to discuss the BJP pulling out of an “unlikely alliance” with People's Democratic Party. Anand refers to this move as a “standard tool for coming out of any confusion when you are in a coalition”. Abhinandan questions the timing of this decision. Raman states, “Almost the entire youth of Kashmir have been radicalised,” adding, “withdrawing from the PDP has more to do with politics."

The “tussle” between the Delhi state government and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has received varied responses from the panel. Abhinandan asks, “What do you make of what happened and where we are?”

Anand observes, “I think the AAP was in it for retrieving political capital of a contrarian party the moral capital which had suffered substantial erosion with its apologies, with giving tickets to people who in public perception were not deserving of Rajya Sabha seats ” He adds, “The AAP also went on an obfuscation because the blocking of ministerial work is an afterthought. It still didn’t address the original allegation of (alleged) violence against the topmost bureaucrat of Delhi.”

Rituparna says that the Congress has yet again ‘missed the bus’.  She points out that the coalition drive of the Congress cannot work in Delhi with the AAP because it’s a ‘natural rival’.

Raman says, “I found IAS officers -- former and the serving -- all of them were trying to explain that we’re not on a strike.”

Abhinandan comments, “AAP’s whole template is to make an event a talking point and then that goes viral ” He adds, “They (AAP) have been unable to create[turn] any event [into a talking point] since they’ve formed the government.”

The panel discusses a recent Twitter row that involved Airtel and a customer. The customer denied the services of a particular customer support executive since the Airtel personnel interacting with her was a Muslim. Rituparna says, “Brands need to immediately hire people to handle a crisis of this sort because the crisis of this sort is only going to increase.”

The panel also discusses Rohit Vemula’s mother's case who was allegedly offered money to speak against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more.
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The latest episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal and Amit Bhardwaj, along with Rohin Verma, and our special guest Abhishek Dey from Scroll.in.

Kicking off the discussion, Amit says Jio got quite some coverage. “Apparently all the news channels were interested in Jio…Jio is like any other telecom network in the country, why do you have to show it or give wall-to-wall coverage to whatever is happening during the launch or the new packages and offers coming up? I think a small package or a couple of online stories would do, unless Jio is paying a lot money.”

Cherry adds, “In that case, they should have been putting a disclaimer, if it was about money in return for coverage.”

Speaking about a event that was under-reported, Amit says, “Around 14,000 political activists and bandh supporters were on the streets and were detained by Jharkhand police. Majorly, none of the news channels gave it coverage during the day.”

Abhishek speaks about the media's coverage of mob lynchings fuelled by WhatsApp rumours about child-lifters in Assam. “There are two things which are operating [contributing], primarily, one is the fear of the outsider, and the other would be technology. The victims in all these cases are outsiders.”

Abhishek also speaks about how the idea of a child-lifter that was traditionally used to control the behaviour of children is now manifesting into a mob culture. "When we look into these kinds of things, we should always correlate them with development indices," he adds. “The solution should be designed in the context of the people which it is aimed for," comments Cherry.

Rohin feels that lynching doesn’t seem to be an issue for the general public. “Jo humare regional akhbaar hai, unme iss tarah ki khabrein aa nahi rahi hain, aur bohot kam aa rahi hain, toh logon ke liye lynching koi bohot badi samasya nahi hai.”

He adds, “WhatsApp ka iss tareekey ka prabhav hai ki padha-likha aadmi bhi apni padhai ko galat manta hai aur WhatsApp ko sahi manta hai. [The impact of WhatsApp is such that even educated people attach more value to WhatsApp over their own learning].”

To which Cherry states, “I think it underlines the importance of making media literacy a part of school curriculum.”

The panel then discusses the deep-rooted presence of child-lifters in the form of various examples from popular culture and history.

Rohin then speaks about a report that no one seems to be covering -- a story about the displacement of villagers of the Mahadalit community from Chamandih village in Bihar’s Gaya. The villagers were evicted from their land by Indian Railways. The story received no local coverage, save for a small piece in Dainik Jagran.

For this and more, listen up!
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This episode opens with a discussion on the 'No Scars cream' advertisement sent in by a listener. Rajyasree describes her experience of watching the advertisement as, “No Scars is a whitening cream, and darkness is like a scar. I just found it bizarre, and it’s so badly written, this ad.”

Then, a chat about the government’s new PSA on mosquitoes. “Whoever’s made that ad either loves mosquitoes or hates children," says Abhinandan.

Next, a discussion on Netflix’s first original Indian series, Sacred Games. “The production quality, the scripting, the acting, they’ve just nailed it," remarks Rajyasree. “There are very few things that one could say is wrong with this series," Abhinandan adds.

On the use of voiceover and file footage as commentary for Indian pop culture of the time, Abhinandan remarks, “I think it works because it had political context, but sometimes, I felt it was a bit forced.” 

Varun Grover, a co-writer of the show, joins the panel. On the source material, he says, “There are some characters we have removed from the book…because we wanted to focus on the religion and the thriller element, and the war of civilizations in a way.”

Then, a glimpse into the writing process: “We started meeting in August 2016, and discussing the ideas, themes, and characters. After 3 months, we started fleshing out the thing into a major season arc. Third stage came in January 2017 when we started writing the episode outlines, putting together all the character arcs, and putting them under the POV of Sartaj or Gaintonde.” This was followed by a year of writing episodes.

Grover also discusses working with the source material’s author. “Vikram Chandra has been very generous and open to new ideas. When we shared it with him the first time, he never asked us ‘why did you drop this’….he just accepted it and start giving ideas on how to improve it.”

“I think it was a mistake to not cast a transgender person,” Grover adds. 

For more on this, RJs giving love advice, and the trailer of Fanney Khan, listen up!
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दिल्ली में तीन साल से चल रहे आप और एलजी के अधिकारों के विवाद पर आया सुप्रीम कोर्ट का फैसला, बच्चा चोरी के अफवाह पर देश भर में हो रही मॉब लिंचिग की घटनाएं, भारत में महिलाओं की असुरक्षा को लेकर आया थॉमसन रॉयटर्स का सर्वेक्षण, असम में चल रहे एनआरसी के आंकड़े और खरीफ की फसल पर बढ़ाया गया न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे.

एनडीटीवी की वरिष्ठ पत्रकार नग़मा सहर और स्वतंत्र पत्रकार मनीषा भल्ला इस बार की चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. उनके साथ पैनल में मौजूद थे न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where we discuss Supreme Court's verdict on the Kejriwal-LG standoff, NRC in Assam, WhatsApp rumours-triggered mob lynchings and more.

You can listen to the full Hafta here (https://bit.ly/2ua2gdj)
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In this episode of NL Hafta, our in-house team of Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal is joined by two guest panelists -- Saikat Dutta, Asiatimes South Asia Editor and Saif Ullah Khan, Deputy Editor of DailyO.

The discussion kicks off with the ‘plot to assassinate the PM’. Manisha asks Saikat, “Are there really ‘urban Naxals’ out there? What is the sense in this term?”

Elaborating on the term, Saikat says, “If you look at Maoist literature they have a lot of literature on urban warfare but they look at it from a military terminology, where they look at how to conduct urban operations, both, which will include psychological operations, information operations as well as military operations but they look at it from a very military perspective and that kind of literature is available.”  

He further says, “Even the Naxals themselves or the Maoists have never talked about anything called ‘urban Maoist’ as a separate phenomenon because for them, class warfare is across -- whether rural or urban.” He adds, “This is a deliberate political term which some people of the Right have brought to discredit just about anybody who challenges their narrative.”

Saif speaks of two writers, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves, being arrested in 2007 on similar grounds. "Again, some letters were leaked and Arun was supposed to be, according to Maharashtra Police, one of the Communications experts. So he was arrested. And the trial went on for four years. And these leaked letters never even made it to the trial. So it was just about painting a certain narrative of a certain individual. Vernon was arrested in August 2007. And again, the trial went on for seven years. And he was supposed to be one of the people handling the finances of the Maoists.”

He further adds, “Interestingly, there was a Narco analysis that was done on Arun Ferreira in which according to the leaks he had said it was the Shiv Sena and ABVP that had paid them At that time it was the Congress and 2009 General Elections. Right now, you’re looking at 2019.”

Raman says, “I think it was completely a plant! And 2019 elections, this was more for persecuting people rather than prosecuting.”

Saikat says, “Here you have a plot allegedly to kill the Prime Minister, forget about the NIA, even the Central Bureau of Investigation has not been brought in.”  He adds, “Nobody’s talking about bringing in the Intelligence Bureau, nobody’s talking about bringing in the NIA or the CBI. That itself is a great indicator of what this plot is all about.”

Manisha puts across a question to panelists on whether the ‘plot to kill Modi’ news makes up for a propaganda problem or a genuine lacuna in beat reporting.

The discussion then proceeds to AAP’s protest against LG Anil Baijal. Saif assesses the situation from a political prism of how AAP perceives 2019 elections and its role in it. He says, “AAP is trying to use this ploy to gain some headline, to gain some sympathy in the run-up. It is very much a political thing they’re doing keeping 2019 in mind.”

Saikat says, “Their first instinct is to become a victim and play that victim card and seek sympathy.” Expressing serious concern he says, “If the bureaucracy can cook a snook at an elected government with such an overwhelming majority, I think that’s dangerous for democracy. And it shows that the central government can go to any lengths to undermine the opposition.” Raman says that the BJP feared Kejriwal the most when he came in. “So they started building up a narrative around him that this man is chaotic,” he said.

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Rahul Puri and Samar Khan discuss once again the vagaries of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. Speaking from London, Rahul reflects upon how the underdogs have broken into the quarter-finals in this edition of the World Cup after vanquishing their stronger opponents through extraordinary football and athletic grit. He thinks that even though the big players are expected to make it into the advanced stages, “it is the other side of the draw that I think has got a lot of the mystery about it.” 

Samar observes that World Cups differ because they demonstrate “defensive mindsets” across teams: “There is not the attacking, free-flowing football that we’re used to seeing -- the kind of football people pay to see. Teams are actually slugging it out.” Rahul says that even though that might be true for the first two rounds of the group stage, he points out that “the second round has been full of goals, I think the last stages of the group stage was also full of goals.” 

The two discuss questions surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) again with Rahul confronting Samar’s criticism that the technology is obstructive to the flow of the game. He argues that it has affected teams, who no longer get away with foul play. However, he says, “My only problem with VAR is: what about the times when it doesn’t seem like a very consistent system?”

The big players are discussed at length in the podcast with the duo remarking how each of them can clinch the much-coveted trophy. “If I was a betting man,” Rahul says “I’d probably put my semi-finals as France-Belgium and Croatia-England. And I’m looking at France-England final.” “Well, I am a betting man, so that’s where the money is,” Samar shoots back.
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This episode of Reporters Without Orders has our in-house reporter Amit Bhardwaj joining our host Cherry Agrawal, along with special guests Vishakha Saxena from Asia Times and Arunabh Saikia from Scroll.in.

The discussion kicks off with Cherry asking the participants to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend the deadline to publish the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to July 30th. Arunabh comments on how the government is planning to establish the number of citizens in Assam and how it will affect them. “It’s a complicated process," he says, which necessitates one to “establish their connection to someone who was there before 1971 this could be anything from your father or grandfather’s name on a voter list before 1971.” 

Speaking about the verification processes, Arunabh explains that the process is long, as different states need to send in their data in the case of migrants. “It’s clear to everyone in the state that this could be horrific…because currently illegal migrants are being held in detention camps.” Arunabh remarks that it is a “bleak future ahead”.

Citing a report by The Hindu on the Citizen Amendment Bill, Cherry asks if this Bill is the method by which the “government is trying to change the definition of illegal migrants”. She also asks about the possible impact of the Bill, if passed, on the NRC list.

Arunabh responds, “They are kind of changing who a foreigner is in India. If the Bill is enforced, then the NRC process becomes largely redundant…what it does is, it makes six years of a gigantic bureaucratic process largely redundant.” He also remarks that it is “essentially an anti-Muslim Bill.”

The panel also discusses the local and national media's coverage of the NRC.  

While Arunabh feels that the quantity of coverage was sufficient, he says that “the coverage could have been better” in terms of the quality. According to him, the issue of illegal migrants in Assam is an “immensely complex one. There are multiple academic interpretations." He adds,  "It is definitely xenophobic to a certain extent, but there was also an element of class struggle."

Amit joins in. He asks Arunabh if there is a tendency to cover bizarre comments made by leaders instead of covering issues of governance and the “morally corrupt” appointment of officials, citing the Tripura governor’s recommendation of a BJP member to be appointed to the government.

Arunabh agrees, he adds that there is much more to be covered in Tripura other than Biplab’s statements. Perhaps its harder to find these stories as “covering corruption requires the reporter to be underground, go through paperwork…it requires real digging which a lot of us find hard to do”, he adds.

Now over to Vishakha, who feels that the June 26 Thomson Reuters survey which found that India was the most dangerous country for women was “quite under-reported and the reaction to it was also quite conflicting". Cherry disagrees, pointing to prime-time debates about the survey on news channels such as NewsX and CNN-News18.

While there can be some contention about the methodology, because of the small sample size of 550 experts, the report should rather have been used as a trigger for a larger debate, Cherry says.

“We don’t need any Thomson Reuters report or any UN report to realise what is happening in our country," comments Amit.

Vishakha, Amit, and Arunabh also weigh in on gender equality in the newsroom. Then there are Amit's remarks about PM Modi’s recent goof-up in his speech in Maghar which was under-reported. There's more, listen up!
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Abhinandan and Rajyasree discuss the latest biopic in town, Sanju, with Samar Khan from Mumbai. Khan, who is a former journalist, says, “It is a well-made film. It follows Rajkumar Hirani's theory, where he finds good in everything that is bad with the world.

Rajyasree is not as much a fan of the film and says, “I thought the film was quite badly made. It is not a fictional film, considering all of Rajkumar’s films have been fictional films. This is a biopic, that has been promoted as a biopic. I understand if you present some facts, especially about a person you have worked with successfully, with a rose-tinted view. This entire thing about hoisting all responsibility of all of Sanjay Dutt’s actions on other people, he took drugs because of someone else who tricked him into it."

In response to Rajyasree's comments, Abhinandan says, “In a biopic, you see shades of grey in everybody. However, in this case, he just came across as a caricature villain from a fictional film.” Talking about Anushka Sharma’s character, he says, “I don’t know if there is one such writer who starts crying every time Sanjay Dutt tells a story. It was a completely ridiculous character.”

Sen also discusses the criticism of Karan Johar for trying to remake Sairat. “There has been a lot of criticism for Karan Johar because he is making this film called Dhadak, which is starring Sridevi’s daughter and Ishaan Khatar, and I could not understand why he is getting trashed because when I saw the trailer and then the promos and songs, it looks like a Karan Johar film.”

Talking about the nature of biopics, Abhinandan says, “After you watch a biopic, it says based on true events, but the next line is that similarities are coincidental. I don’t understand that. If you are making a biopic, then every character and every event should be true in that. Now, there is this new convention that the central character will be real, the rest we’ll make shit up as we go along.”

Talking about another film based on a real person, Rajyasree says, “Soorma is the story of this hockey player called Sandeep Singh who made a comeback after he gets shot and he’s put in a wheelchair and how he makes a comeback. I quite liked the trailer, and I quite liked Daljit Dosanjh." In response, Abhinandan says, “Daljit looks the part, but the thing that is of concern to me is the whole ‘based on true events’. That means that probably one event was true, but the rest will be nonsense. These are the kinds of things that piss me off. Either you say that the film is a figment of my imagination and I’ll enjoy it."

Rajyasree also discusses Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 by saying, “Tigmanshu Dhulia is directing it for the third time. I felt the trailer was like the first two films. I can’t make out the difference. And Jimmy Shergill has to stop playing a villain. Even he has to be tired of it.” And then there’s the new biopic of Jaggi Vasudev which will be directed by Shashank Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, and of course, approved by Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation.

Abhinandan closes by talking about an Everest Masala ad with Amitabh Bachchan. “It has this little boy and his mother…I thought that ad was really good.” There’s this and more. Listen up.
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भाजपा अध्यक्ष अमित शाह का वंदे मातरम को लेकर कांग्रेस पर तुष्टिकरण और बंटवारे का आरोप, आपातकाल की वर्षगांठ, मीडिया संस्थानों से नोटबंदी के दौरान एक सहकारिता बैंक (जिसके निदेशक अमित शाह थे) में पांच दिनों के अंदर 745 करोड़ रूपए जमा होने की खबर का हटाया जाना, झारखंड के खूंटी में पत्थलगड़ी आंदोलन, स्विस बैंकों में पैसे जमा होने की गति बढ़ना व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे.

मीडिया विजिल के संस्थापक व वरिष्ठ पत्रकार पंकज श्रीवास्तव चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. उनके साथ पैनल में मौजूद थे न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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In this episode of Hafta, the big question that the panel discusses is whether sting journalism is real journalism. BJP by poll losses and the violence that erupted in Shillong is also discussed. Al Jazeera's sting operation on match-fixing in cricket is another issue that engages the panel in a heated debate. The panel also discusses arrests made in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence and the water crisis in Shimla.

The panel consists of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and our guest, NDTV's Sunetra Choudhury.

BJP’s evident loss in the by poll is critically considered by the panel, when Abhinandan asks, “Is it something that needs the kind of coverage that it did? Is it any indication of who the people will vote for?” Madhu feels the 2019 elections are going to be the “dirtiest elections”. She suggests not to make much of these by polls and adds, “In politics, things can change on a dime." Sunetra Choudhury talks about the excitement built around the by poll results. She says, “We are looking at each and every by poll with bated breaths saying, ‘okay whats going to happen here’…interesting to see how people are getting involved’." Manisha agrees with Madhu and adds, “I wouldn’t read too much into by polls."

Abhinandan moves onto the sting operation carried out by Al Jazeera to expose match-fixing in cricket. He says, “I lost interest in it." He wonders, “What was so great about this sting operation?” Anand, despite being a cricket fanatic agrees that the sting was “low on substance” and says it didn’t come up with a conclusive outcome. He, however, also feels that the sting had “good production values”. Madhu talks a little about the Cobrapost and Al Jazeera sting in relativity. She feels that the Cobrapost sting is “not journalistically correct”. Sunetra talks about the two Bengali newspapers that refused to engage with Acharya Atal (Cobrapost's undercover reporter) and how those organisations are a “benchmark” for journalism.

The panel shifts their attention to the communal clashes between the Khasi tribe and the Punjabi settlers in Shillong. Known to many as the ‘musical town’, Sunetra shared her anecdotes from Shillong and tension that has spurred over the years. She adds, “I spent every summer there, for 21 years of my life, …curfews were very very common because of this kind of tension between various communities.” Manisha informs the panel of Shillong's long-standing history of tension. She says, “The first major riot was in 1979 by Khasi mobs directed at minorities." Abhinandan feels, “Northeast is a little more complicated because in any case they feel let down by the rest of India." Anand restrains his views and says, “Any tribe (from Shillong) can say you don’t know much about our tribe.”

The Ugly Indian Tourist, an article published by Open magazine is next on the panel's agenda. The article is discussed because Abhinandan feels it has created a lot of flutter. "I think it is an interesting article because I see both sides." The controversy is about the article having racist content.

Moving on, the panel discussed the unrest in Kashmir. Manisha said that many [news organisation] have used the headline “mows down”, which she felt was problematic. She thought that in this case, the CRPF personnel in the vehicle had to just “negotiate its way through this violent". She says, "And you must also remember some men were saying they were upset they could not pull him [the driver] out of the jeep," adding, "you must remember it was exactly a year ago that a policemen Ayub Pandith was lynched to death in the same area and his eyes were gouged out. It was a brutal gruesome lynching. I mean it is this kind of pressure that officers are operating under. Mob fury is very scary even if you have a gun. You have like 50 people approaching…I think it is really this situation where the driver was trying to negotiate through.”
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where we discuss Saifuddin Soz's remarks, #Emergency, Vijay Mallya's letter to the Prime Minister and more.

You can listen to the full Hafta here (https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/06/29/hafta-178-saifuddin-soz-emergency-vijay-mallyas-letter-to-the-prime-minister-and-more).
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This week Reporters Without Orders is celebrating its 25th episode. Our host Cherry Agarwal is joined by in-house reporter Amit Bhardwaj and Campus Politik editor Sumedha Pal, along with Sidhartha Dutta, Principal Correspondent, Indo-Asian News Service.

The media coverage of Hapur lynching case is debated by the panel. Amit feels the “story developed slowly” but “got enough coverage”. He referred to the incident as “one of the slow-burn stories” that gain momentum in the media over a period of time. Cherry asks, “Why do you think this got coverage only after it developed to a certain stage?”

Sidhartha talks about the incident being referred to as a case of road rage even though the evidence suggested otherwise. He adds, "I find it really alarming." Amit, following the meeting with the victim’s family, mentions the “the kind of horror they had gone through” and also shares other details of the incident. Sidhartha confesses, “Maybe so much of detail, I wouldn't have known had you not told me,” in support of his argument that the incident was not covered enough.

Turning the conversation to another aspect of media criticism, Cherry asks, “We make comparisons to other events…do you think these comparisons are fair?” To which, Sumedha adds, “Such questions need a lot of self-reflection."

Meanwhile, Amit impresses upon the prioritisation of stories in terms of media coverage. He says, “It depends upon news development on that particular day."

As an agency reporter covering All India Congress Committee, Siddharth talks about Congress party’s relationship with the media. Sidhartha says, “It is imperative for reporters to always get the reaction of a principal Opposition party." Meaning to say that Congress' "position as the principal Opposition” is a probable reason for the party getting wider media coverage.

Sumedha speaks about her report on sexual harassment allegations levelled against the NSUI national president by a former female party worker. She says, “Often stories of sexual harassment either end up becoming sensationalised or they are reduced to nothing." Amit says, “I am not drawing any conclusion about Fairoz Khan’s case”. He also mentions about the complexities of the case and the need for a thorough inspection into allegations. He also talks about media's possible reaction “had it been any ABVP member, from even a district member of the committee…Social media narrative would have been made by left-liberals,” he adds.

For a third consecutive week, Amit says, stories from Jharkhand has been under-reported by the Big Media. For more details, listen up!
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This week’s Awful and Awesome is loaded with reviews from all spheres of entertainment. As a die-hard fan of horror movies, Rajyasree talks about her spooky weekend screening -- Hereditary and Under the Show, which is also available on Netflix. Abhinandan shares his love for animated films and talks about The Incredibles 2. India Today’s “new celebrity interview series” along with Times Network’s campaign are discussed. Netflix special Nanette has got everyone talking about Hannah Gadsby so why should our hosts be left behind?

Rajyasree talks about Hereditary for which she had heard grand reviews claiming it to be the “scariest movie of the year”. The Ari Aster-directed movie left Rajyasree very disappointed. She says, “The first 2o minutes held a lot of promise." However, she adds, “There is no way this film can scare you." Abhinandan mentions, “I found Sixth Sense very spooky”.

Under the Shadow, a Persian film set during the Iran-Iraq war also claimed to be “one of the scariest films”. Rajyasree confesses, “The film had some moments though, I have to say.” Even though it didn't really live up to its expectations of being a scary-enough horror film, she adds.

Abhinandan gushes a little over his love for “animation films and children” and how that prompted him to watch The Incredibles 2. However, he doesn't seem very happy with his decision. He says, “I was disappointed." He mentions, “The plot is that superheroes have been made illegal…and how this family of superheroes does not know what do." He goes onto talk about the importance of political correctness in animation films. He disapprovingly adds, “I really struggled through it.”

Netflix original Lust Stories featuring movies directed by four big names in the Bollywood received its share of criticism from Lata Mangeshkar’s family. Rajyasree informs about a scene in the movie which shows “a woman using a vibrator in front of her family” with the backdrop of Lataji’s voice. The ‘inappropriate usage’ of the such a prestigious voice has got Lata Mangeshkar’s family very upset. Rajyasree makes a rational argument while talking about the ownership of the song. Abhinandan talks about the orthodox thinking amongst their family and adds, “I don't think they know we are in 2018.”

Rajyasree is thoroughly “surprised” by Senator Ted Cruz’s sense of humour. She talks about the twitter spite between Jimmy Kimmel, a popular talk show host,  and Cruz where Kimmel has trashed the Senator for his weight and his unwarranted loyalty to Donald Trump. She adds, “Ted Cruz took it really sportingly." Abhinandan disagrees and says, “I wouldn't be so charitable towards him…he’s such a slimy miserable man." The crux of the matter is well condensed by Rajyasree who uses this example to convey to people to “just be a sport about things” instead of taking every comment personally and offensively.

AirBnB’s new commercial starring Rajyasree’s favourite, Saif Ali Khan and Karishma Kapoor, has left Abhinandan disappointed. He says, “It's an ainvayi commercial”. Rajyasree maintains her loyalty to Saif and adds, “I really like Saif so I think most of what he does is wonderful."

Times Network launched a new campaign in an ‘attempt’ to promote the importance of female news anchors. Rajyasree expresses her cynicism towards the campaign and mentions, “The copywriter has blown my mind…good job Times Network, as usual." Indian Today TV has started a new series called India Today, India tomorrow. The show is being hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai and has celebrities from two different generations come together. Rajyasree informs “they've said it's a new this thing,” in terms of the concept of the show. She informs the series debuted with Gulzar and Meghna Gulzar (his daughter). Abhinandan feels, “Rajdeep is one of the poorest as an anchor, he is just the worst." Rajyasree brushes off the topic by adding, “it wasn't bad”.
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What is the role of the media? The role of the media is to make money for its owners. Its function is to inform people and give them news," says journalist Palagummi Sainath in a conversation with Newslaundry.

On June 16, People's Archive of Rural India's founder-editor Sainath delivered the 1st Neelabh Mishra Memorial Lecture on how corporatisation of the media harms Indian democracy. Newslaundry spoke to Sainath about media ownership, freedom of the press, priorities of Indian newsrooms, among several other issues related to the Indian media landscape.

Speaking on the corporatisation of media, Sainath says, "[In] corporate-owned media, journalism and journalists can never be free. He also added that whatever freedom there was, even in that set-up, has been swiftly shrinking. "There are very fine journalists but the space they have to function has shrunk quite rapidly." Quoting American journalist AJ Liebling, Sainath says, "Freedom of the press is meant for those who own one." He adds that when it comes to freedom of the press, one will have to dismantle corporate monopoly.

But Sainath warns that the answer to corporate monopoly isn't state monopoly. "We've to think of various new forms -- collectives, cooperatives, individual initiatives, a lot of these ," he adds, before speaking about some of the threats posed by corporate ownership of the media. "Corporate ownership destroys diversity, it stifles smaller but important voices. It destroys journalist's freedom by converting the job market of a journalist into contracts, where earlier they have very solid, tenured [jobs]," Sainath says. Later, speaking about the Working Journalists Act, Sainath adds, "The Working journalist Act in itself, it was a very fine Act. It has been nakedly violated."

Speaking about the dangers posed by corporate media ownership, Sainath says that corporate ownership enforces self-censorship. "You stop saying things, you stop doing things because you want to keep your job. You've got your family to support. These are real problems for our ordinary journalists in the real world," Sainath says, adding, "And then you also start recruiting a generation that is groomed and socialised in your economic philosophy -- that sees everything through the eyes of their owners. Then you don't even have to threaten or bully because there are questions of shared values. Corporate ownership [also] destroys diversity, it stifles smaller but important voices."

Speaking about the recent spate of journalistic killings, Sainath adds, "I don't want to rank victimhood, for me each one of these was a gigantic tragedy but we deny legitimacy to the small-town journalist. That is what would be a correct way of putting it," he says.
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बीते मंगलवार को जम्मू-कश्मीर में भाजपा का पीडीपी से गठबंधन खत्म कर राज्य में राष्ट्रपति शासन लगाया जाना, हापुड़ में गोकशी के नाम पर भीड़ द्वारा कासिम की हत्या, एयरटेल द्वारा पूजा सिंह नाम की युवती की आपत्ति के बाद मुस्लिम धर्म के कस्टमर केयर एग्जेक्यूटिव की जगह हिंदू कस्टमर केयर एग्जेक्यूटिव मुहैया करवाया जाना, जज लोया की स्टोरी करने वाले पत्रकार निरंजन टाकले का करीब आठ महीने से बेरोजगार होना व अन्य मुद्दे रहे इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय.

चर्चा के मुख्य अतिथि रहे बचपन बचाओ आंदोलन से जुड़े अनिल पाण्डेय, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और उपसंपादक रोहिण कुमार. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
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This Hafta episode unpacks major developments and incidents that have rocked the media over the past week. While Major Gogoi topped the panel's agenda, Tejpal tapes aired by Times Now also caught their attention. Cobrapost's Operation: 136 is also discussed because it seems to have “made headlines only on social media”. Pranab Mukherjee’s tentative visit to RSS headquarters as well as backlash in Assam against the Citizenship Bill feature in this Hafta.

Taking up the issue of Major Gogoi, Abhinandan asks the panel, “What do you make of it?”. Our expert on Northeast issues, Samrat, says, “In places like Kashmir, you have to be sure what exactly is going on." He also adds, “If one of the persons involved was a minor then it is a problem…[otherwise it is the] business of those two individuals and nobody else." Madhu shares her concerns over honey trapping of our Army men in all these high-security areas. She adds, “I really don’t get excited about stories like this…identity of the girl for me is important."

The Tarun Tejpal tapes from 2013 surfaced in the media two days after Cobrapost's sting. The tapes were released by Times Now. Madhu feels, “Showing it [the tapes] like this, by slanting the [perception of the] viewers…this is the worst thing to do." Manisha adds, “It is not fair to the girl also." Samrat states “these sort of stories are always reported so sensationally”. Abhinandan comments, “Times Now has found a new low.”

The groundbreaking discoveries revealed by the Cobrapost sting Operation: 136 has the entire panel pondering about what is yet to come. Manisha gives a clear context of the sting. She states, “Basically he [Pushp Sharma, Cobrapost's reporter] had 3-point agenda. The first phase was obviously soft-Hindutva, the second was to attack Opposition leaders and the third was to polarise and communalise." Speaking of the sting, Abhinandan talks about Paytm’s involvement in the entire debacle and how “that’s huge”.

Shekhar Gupta’s recent article on sting operations being different than journalism ensues a debate amongst the panel. Abhinandan asks, “I want to know why because I think stings are journalism." Madhu clarifies, “Sting journalism is fine with the caveat that it's a story that you wouldn't be able to prove otherwise”. Samrat concurs with Madhu and adds, “A widely-known truth that, unfortunately, can only be brought to the attention of a larger audience by these means, so in that case, I think its alright."
Abhinandan and Samrat talk about the controversial Citizenship Bill in Assam. Samrat says, "The Citizenship Bill, basically, tries to ease the process by which members of religious communities other than Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh can obtain Indian citizenship." He adds, "It exempts people of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Christian groups from these communities from being cheated as illegal immigrants. The reason you're getting a pushback from the other end of the country (Assam) is because alleged illegal migration from Bangladesh has been part of the politics of Assam since before partition."

Samrat proceeds to speak comprehensively on the issue from historical context. Samrat says, "The biggest issue that exists between the Bengali and Assamese communities in Assam is about the alleged imposition of the Bengali language on Assam as the official language by the British administration around 1837."

He adds, "The Assam agitation was basically about chasing out the Bengalis. Now what has happened, with the BJP making in-roads there, is that they are trying to re-configure the politics from linguistic basis to religious basis.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where we discuss the BJP-PDP breakup, Shujaat Bukhari's murder, the Airtel row and more.

You can listen to the full Hafta here (https://bit.ly/2tlmrFf).
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Rahul Puri and Samar Khan bring you the first podcast since the FIFA World Cup 2018 kick-off. Samar begins with a remark, “It has been a crazy kind of a World Cup. It has been different from the others, it has been a li'l bit of a wake-up time for the big boys?!”

Rahul agrees, “I don’t think anybody would’ve even picked the results that happened in the first round of matches. Argentina being held to a draw. Brazil being held to a draw. Germany losing to Mexico being the big shock in the World Cup ”

Rahul observes that it has been a World Cup of penalties (fouls). Samar says, “The amount of penalties that have been given -- in a way it’s a good thing in a way it’s a bad cup.” Rahul says, “It has been a fairly clean World Cup. The referees have been reluctant to hand out cards. We’ve only had one red card. Let’s face it, it was a stone-cold red.”

The duo debates the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system that has seen differing opinions across the football spectrum. Comparing with the review system in cricket, Samar says, “In cricket, the team can ask for a review. Over here, the VAR is still pretty much in the grey area.” Rahul replies, “I, at the moment, can’t see how the system does anything to help the match.” He says, “The big problem with VAR is that I don’t think anybody quite knows how VAR can be used.” He also questions the use of VAR as the lack in clarity of assessing a situation whether it qualifies for it or not. Samar says, “The people who are monitoring the VAR are supposed to be referees. Now, if they are referees, then they should have the same rights as the on-field referee.”

The duo proceeds to examine the performances of various teams and their key players.
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