The media trial against #RheaChakrobarty is ghastly, but then you are reminded of the Sudha Bhardwaj case and words fail.

It was TV news channels again that had launched a full-blown campaign against her before her arrest. It's a privilege to say 'let's just switch off'...
...many don't have the option because TV news actively comes at your to hound and destroy your life.

This was Republic painting her as an enemy of the state.…
This profile does full justice to the huge tragedy that is Sudha Bhardwaj's continued incarceration with no trial or bail in sight.…
In each such case where the state machineries goes after you, the momentum is first built on TV news.

From JNU sedition case to the Bhima Koregaon case to the recent Delhi riots, there's plenty of examples. It's the same formula of targeted hate, except the characters change.
#RheaChakraborty's arrest comes after a month-long campaign by anchors to portray her as some sort of a vamp who 'phasaoed' SSR, ‘gave him depression’ and 'fed him drugs'.

TV news destroys lives. This is not the first time and it won't be the last.…

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Jun 2, 2021
"We aren’t reporting against the government but in favour of the public."

Wondering about @DainikBhaskar's 'uncharacteristic' coverage? @AshwineSingh & @tweets_prateekg spoke to editors & reporters to understand some of the newsroom thinking behind it.…
The shift to aggressive reporting can be attributed to scale of devastation/mishandling. Reporters & editors clearly see that "readers want the truth to be told". Others offered a branding explanation: “Our managing director says Bhaskar must always stand with public opinion."
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There are plenty of journalists in India working for Indian orgs who are reporting on the pandemic bravely/meticulously. Noida-based studio ≠ 'domestic' media. In fact, Rana Ayyub hasn't reported on the pandemic but is repeatedly called on as a talkinghead in international media
Even a pro-BJP channel like Aaj Tak does have reporters on the ground getting us important updates from the ground. It's another matter that anchors like Anjana et al are not using their material to question the government on primetime.
Rana Ayyub has become the go-to person of lazy international media panels for everything from farmers protest to the pandemic, often pedalling half-baked exaggerations without putting in the rigour of reporting that many other Indian journalists do.
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Apr 27, 2021
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India isn’t being singled out.
“This is the truth. We are documenting the truth and bearing witness to it,” said a reporter for a British media organisation. “It is very easy to lament the coverage and blame the messenger and far more difficult to ask for accountability. But nobody is making things up...”
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Big win for @newslaundry against an extremely brainless attempt at harassing @tweets_prateekg for doing his job. The story in question was about layoffs in Sakal Times & they took umbrage to us using their logo for a story that is ABOUT the group.…
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.@ndtv is now showing a split-screen with visuals from farmer's protest. Rest of the channels remain on the DD feed.
NDTV's coverage is quite strange to watch. There's live commentary from the R-Day parade occupying most of the screen with visuals from ANI on what seems like tear gas gone off at the protest site. I am sure they have reporters on ground to cut live to?
What's the point of private news networks if everyone *has to* show the state broadcaster. People who want to see the parade can go to DD. Private news networks should be able to show reports along with R-Day parade. Especially when there's lathicharge happening in Delhi!
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