Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi

From Outlook: “Shooting down Slogans

“But then Kashmir is unique. The electronic media was not allowed to broadcast more than 15 minutes of news every day in the name of ensuring that they remain “responsible”. TV channels had to furnish CDs of their daily telecast to the police and the information department. Media-watcher Sevanti Ninan was told by the DCP of Srinagar that these restrictions would remain “till they (the cable operators) discover their proper professional role—they should not show activities of the Hurriyat aimed at secession”. One assumes that the lifting of these restrictions implies that the operators have learned their lesson the hard way. Of course, this is a throwback to the controlled media of totalitarian states where people were/are fed propaganda.”

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