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Monday, November 30 2020


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The Council is of the view that unregulated circulation of foreign content is not desirable. Hence, it advises the media to publish foreign extracts in Indian newspapers with due verification, as the Reporter, Publisher, and Editor of such newspaper shall be responsible for the contents irrespective of the source from which it is received.

That’s from a recent notification issued by the Press Council of India—a quasi-judicial authority that monitors print media and has the power to censure publications for violations. What it means: An Indian Express, Times of India or The Telegraph will be held responsible for any article they re-publish from a foreign media source—say, New York Times or Washington Post or Associated Press. Chronology samajhiye: The note claims the note was issued after PCI “considered references received from various quarters by the government.” Point to note: Now that digital media sites have also been moved under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, these kinds of notifications will apply to them too.

Big Story

The great farmer standoff in Delhi

The TLDR: Tens of thousands of farmers have parked themselves on the Delhi-Haryana border—having rejected an offer for “conditional talks” from the government. But even as the two sides were negotiating, BJP leaders and supporters were busy framing the farmers as (what else!) ‘anti-nationals’—or to be specific, Khalistani sympathisers. We trace this pivot to communalisation, along with an update on the state of play.

 

Who is calling them Khalistani?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Controversy over India’s vaccine trials
  • Uttar Pradesh’s first ‘love jihad’ case
  • A battle over Hyderabad
  • India loses out in Sydney

 

Smart & Curious

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