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UN denounces Taliban intimidation, attacks on Afghan media


Islamabad: The Taliban’s intimidation, threats and attacks on Afghan journalists are unacceptable, the U.N. said Wednesday, as it expressed concern for the future of the country’s media. Its comments coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is observed May 3. The UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, said the day was a moment...

I-T ‘survey’ operations at BBC offices continue


New Delhi: The Income Tax (I-T) department 'survey' related operations at the BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai continued for the second day this week, according to sources aware of the developments. The 'survey' operations, which had begun on Tuesday at around 11.30 a.m., continued the whole day and even throughout the night, and are...

Media’s Subservience: A threat to democracy world over


By Neera Kuckreja Sohoni On February 1, 2021, Twitter withheld the account of Caravan, a well-known Indian magazine. That week additionally, Twitter - the self-proclaimed arbiter of truth - blocked over 500 accounts of Indian activists, opposition politicians, and media entities presumably acting under orders from the Indian government. Following an outcry, Twitter reinstated Caravan's and...

Ambani, Adani prepare for battle with Netflix, Amazon


Mumbai: Asia’s two richest men — Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani — are doubling down on India’s media sector, intensifying competition in an arena where Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are also vying for more than a billion viewers. Ambani’s joint venture with Paramount Global - Viacom18 Media Pvt., is set to receive $1.8 billion...

Breeding Twitter like Lilacs


Twitter has been purchased by Musk for 42 billion By Neera Kuckreja Sohoni T.S. Eliot in his ‘Wasteland’ famously mourned “April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land”. Elon Musk chose April for his endeavor to breed Twitter out of the deadland of social media where free speech is increasingly becoming a...

IAPC stresses the role of media in fighting climate change


By Joseph Ponnoly Houston, TX: Indo American Press Club (IAPC) Houston Chapter has emphasized the role of the media to create awareness and to provide unbiased reporting. IAPC had organized a virtual seminar on climate change and the role of the media on December 3. Dr. SS Lal, the International President of IAPC and an eminent public...

Adani Group forays into media, rumours float of NDTV acquisition


New Delhi: It is speculated that Adani Group will be making its foray into media after the group announced that journalist Sanjay Pugalia will be joining Adani Enterprises as a Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief to lead the Group’s media initiatives. Just a couple of days ago, Sanjay stepped down as the President of...

Sony to have majority stakes in ZEE merger


Mumbai: Financially troubled Zee Entertainment Enterprises will merge with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) in what will create the country's largest entertainment and media entity with presence across platforms. The board of ZEEL has provided an in-principle approval for the merger that would also see SPNI infusing growth capital of about $1.575 billion into the...

It is time for western media to correct its biases


By Shashi Shekhar India’s future now stands at a crossroads. PM Narendra Modi is advocating a self-sufficient, muscular nationalism centered on the country’s Hindu majority. That vision put him at odds with the interfaith, multicultural goals of modern India’s founders. The government’s growing efforts to police online speech and media discourse have raised difficult questions...