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March 25, 2009

Journalists are killed, killers get away scot-free, India remains one of the worst of the lot

The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions. “We’re distressed to see... MORE
February 7, 2009

Mumbai Roundup: More dailies, less credibility; more job opportunities, less in-depth stories

It was about 40 months ago a number of newspaper launches in Mumbai appeared to pose a stiff challenge to the then 167-year dominance of the Times of India . With well thought out marketing campaigns and high production values, two big names— Hindustan Times and Daily News & analysis (DNA)—followed by many others stormed the city. This growing number of dailies has led to remarkable changes in the newspaper space and readership numbers in Mumbai. From having only one leading newspaper... MORE
January 23, 2009

Narayan Rane's supporters ransack office of Marathi newspaper in Mumbai

Supporters of suspended Congressman Narayan Rane attacked the office of Marathi daily Navakal in Mumbai on Thursday, the Times of India reported. The attack was apparently in protest against a satirical editorial written on Rane and his innings in different political parties. The protesters, who smashed windowpanes and hurled paver blocks into the newspaper house in Girgaum, claimed to be members of Swabhimaan, an organisation floated by Rane's son Nitesh. Navakal's editor, Nilkanth also known... MORE
January 17, 2009

India OKs 100 per cent foreign direct investment in facsimile papers, WSJ first to come in

The Union government has announced 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the facsimile editions of foreign newspapers, provided the investment is held directly by the owners of original publication. According to the new FDI norms for facsimile editions issued by the commerce ministry on Wednesday, the policy for FDI in publication of facsimile edition of foreign newspapers include permitting 100 per cent FDI with prior approval of the government for the publication of the facsimile... MORE
January 15, 2009

Curbs on news coverage put on hold as editors say move is throwback to Emergency days

The proposed changes in the Cable Television Network Regulations Act have been put on hold after top editors of major television news channels unanimously agreed to oppose the proposed amendments. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday stepped in to assure news broadcasters that nothing would be finalised without "the widest possible consultation with all the stakeholders and eliciting their different points of view on the proposed changes." "The matter will be taken up for finalisation... MORE
January 10, 2009

NaiDunia Media buys off English news channel NewsX

A group of investors, led by Vinay Chhajlani, CEO of India Pvt Ltd, and Jehangir S Pocha, former editor of Businessworld , has bought INX News, the company that runs English news channel NewsX. Chhajlani and Pocha have formed a company called Indi Media for the purpose. Business Standard , quoting industry sources, pegged the deal at Rs 50 crore. Commenting on the sale, Indrani Mukerjea, Founder & CEO, INX Media, told Reuters, "Having created NewsX as a premier English News... MORE
December 21, 2008

PM Manmohan Singh to inaugurate 2009 World Newspaper Congress in Hyderabad

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to open the World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo 2009, the global summit meetings of the world’s press, to be held in Hyderabad, India, from March 22-25, 2009. The events, organised by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and hosted by the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), are expected to draw 2,000 newspaper publishers, managing directors, CEO, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives at a time when the... MORE
December 19, 2008

Broadcasting redressal authority announces guidelines for news of emergency situations

The News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority has announced the “guidelines for telecast of news during emergency situations”. The guidelines have been “spontaneously accepted” by all 14 broadcasters running 22 news channels, the Indian Express reported. The guidelines stipulate that no ‘live’ contact can be made with perpetrators of the crime, their hostages/victims and security personnel involved during the course of the operation, no operational details can be made public... MORE
December 19, 2008

Press Council of India decides to evolve guidelines for news reporting of terror attacks

The Press Council of India (PCI) has said it would involve stakeholders on evolving guidelines on media coverage of events like the Mumbai terror attack. Council chairman, Justice GN Ray, said in New Delhi on December 15 that PCI would organise a seminar, tentatively scheduled for January next year, in which representatives from the media, government and armed forces and others would participate and discuss what they expected from each other during such situations. The council had taken suo... MORE
December 8, 2008

Print advertising melts down in November

Newspapers’advertising volume drops 60 per cent in the first week of November, says a Business Standard report. If AdEX data on advertising volume between 1st and 7th November is any indication, print media advertising (in column cms) has fallen by a dramatic 60 per cent from its peak during the Diwali week. The daily reported: [ Link ] LV Krishnan, CEO of TAM Media that owns the advertising monitoring division AdEX, declines to share figures for the rest of the month as he claims the data is... MORE