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‘Modi Wave’ can also touch a CPI(M) newspaper


From Buzzword, the gossip column of The Sunday Guardian:

The Communists in Kerala were left red-faced when the CPI(M) newspaper Deshabhimani carried a full page advertisement by Narendra Modi‘s Gujarat government. The advertisement, highlighting Gujarat’s Mahatma Gandhi Swachchata Mission, features a huge Modi portrait.

When taken to task, the newspaper management defended their act by saying it was a government advertisement.

The associate editor of the newspaper went ahead to say that it did not matter if the ad was from the Narendra Modi government, or from Mamata Banerjee or Oommen Chandy. However, CPM bosses have told the newspaper to stay away from accepting all Modi advertisements.

External reading: Madhyamam

Also read: Is Modi media biased against Rahul Gandhi?

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For cash-struck TV, Modi is effective  TRP



Mamata Banerjee’s 9 commandments for journos

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, that great upholder of freedom of expression—think of cartoonists, college students, farmers and others who have been called “Maoists”—has some words of advice for journalists.

Media creates “news pollution“, according to her; media spreads “canards and exaggerates negative news“; media “glorifies rape“. Therefore it should do the nine things that Mail Today lists.

Image: courtesy Mail Today

Ramachandra Guha: 12 and a half rules to be a good journalist

The new kid on the block announces an eclipse

The front page of Ei Bela, the new Bengali tabloid launched by the Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) group in Calcutta, as a “buffer” to counter the launch of a Bengali newspaper from The Times of India group, on the day Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress walked out of the Congress-led UPA.

This is the second tabloid from the ABP group, after the now-defunct evening daily The Metropolitan under M.J. Akbar.

Also read: Times, Telegraph and the Bengali paper wars

Read our paper, get  Harley-Davidson free!

How a Hindi newspaper editor became an MP

An item in the gossip diary in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

Vivek Gupta, the editor of Sanmarg—the Hindi daily that made the cut in Mamata Banerjee‘s evaluation of newspapers that can find a place in Bengal’s libraries—had always dream of visiting the Parliament.

When he took charge of Sanmarg, Gupta informed the Trinamul Congress’s Sudip Bandopadhyay of his wish. Bandopadhyay, the story goes, asked him to come to Delhi and made the necessary arrangements so that Gupta could sit in the visitors’ gallery.

In the evening, he took a flight back to Calcutta, but even bfore he had emerged from the airport, his life had changed—he had been made a Rajya Sabha MP by Didi.

Now that is what we call a fairy tale.

Interesting, if true.

Also read: How journalist Rajeev Shukla became a minister

Tamil paper prints phone numbers of N-protestors

In April 2010, the Bengali television news channel Star Ananda of the Ananda Bazaar Patrika group ran into trouble with the soon-to-be chief minister of the State, Mamata Banerjee, for “continously flashing” her mobile phone number after a railway accident.

Thousands of miles away, the Tamil newspaper Dinamalar, is making news for nearly similar but more serious reasons, for publishing the residential addresses and mobile phone numbers of those at the forefront of the agitation against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) that has gripped the southern State.

Below is the full text of their complaint to the editors of the paper (which is published from Madras, Madurai, Coimbatore and Pondicherry) with a copy to the press council of India headed by Justice Markandey Katju.


The Dinamalar issue dated November 24, 2011 published a front page story on us, S. P. Udayakumar, M. Pushparayan, and M. P. Jesuraj, the leaders of the ‘People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy’ that has been struggling against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project.

Your news item has included our personal and private information such as home addresses, home phone numbers, mobile numbers and email addresses without obtaining any kind of prior permission from any of us. Your story has also included libelous and erroneous information about us without giving any kind of evidence or material proof.

The story has been written, edited and published with the criminal intent of inciting public anger and outrage against us and provoking the public to attack us and our families.

Ever since the story is published, our family members have been receiving obscene and threatening phone calls in our home numbers, and we all have been receiving similar calls on our mobile phones from your readers who tend to replicate your own foul language and unruly conduct.

Your story has caused enormous physical suffering, psychological pressure and mental agony to us and our family members and the story has endangered our and our family members’ safety and security.

Your criminal behavior has breached every journalistic ethos and norms practiced in India. We and our family members have filed criminal complaints with the Tamil Nadu police and our lawyers have initiated legal action against your newspaper in appropriate courts.

Yours truly

S. P. Udayakumar, M. Pushparayan, M. P. Jesuraj