Predicting rape on television!

Mars missions and scientific innovations notwithstanding, a large section of India still reposes great faith in the future predicted by astrologers. Satellite TV leverages that to offer a plethora of shows, one of which recently defied all limits of decency, as Arpana H S reports.

Gender and Media Society

How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
A recent UGC-sponsored seminar on the incidence of cyber crime, hosted in Kolkata, drew attention to the safeguards to be adopted as also the right procedure to be followed in order to obtain redress. Amrita Mukherjee reports.
Law and Order Laws Society Women

35? You’re too old for AIR!
In 2013, Prasar Bharati took a decision to stop broadcasts by all contractual radio presenters above the age of 35 on All India Radio’s FM Rainbow channel. Anoo Bhuyan delves into the dynamics behind this surprising move and examines the larger implications of the same.
Livelihood Radio

From one language to another: What’s at stake?
Indian cinema has, of late, witnessed high-decibel debates over the desirability of dubbing Hindi films into regional languages. But does dubbing really pose a threat to vernacular cinema? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Films Creative Culture

Who will cast the first vote for equality?
On World Radio Day, Ammu Joseph looks at the representation of women in Indian radio and wonders if the medium can play a more significant role in ensuring empowerment and equal participation.
Ammu Joseph Gender and Media Radio Work+Life Voices unheard

Why are radio operators worried?
In the last 12 months, at least two radio stations have withdrawn their subscriptions to Radio Audience Measurement, the key measurement currency of listenership in India. Vaishnavi Vittal explores the covert conflict between the RAM provider and the radio operators and advertisers.

Unexpected sounds on Southern radio
One would think that Hindi and Kannada music would never play in Chennai on radio, and Bangalore because of its unique history would surely have Tamil and Telugu songs on air. And Hyderabad must have one Hindi station. Wrong, finds Vaishnavi Vittal. The Great Indian South is one big surprise!
Radio Culture

Remembering Rituparno (1963-2013)
The premature demise of acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who passed away on May 30, has robbed Indian cinema of a rare combination of courage and sensitivity and perhaps, of many more masterpieces to come. Shoma A. Chatterji reminisces his works in this tribute to his genius.
Art Creative Society

Whose news are you watching today?
Television news in the southern part of the country has largely become the preserve of the various political dynasties, with a glut of channels acting as mouthpieces of the owners rather than objective news broadcasters. T S Sudhir brings us the true picture.
The Press

Kannada TV channels cross the line
In a desperate bid to outdo each other in television rating points, regional news channels are increasingly resorting to celebrity coverage bordering on tabloid journalism that infringes the right to individual privacy. B S Nagaraj comments on the trend.

Creativity or cuts?
The decision of the Censor Board to ban screening of Bengali director Suman Mukhopadhyay's film Kangal Malsat is only the most recent instance in a long history of political interference in free creative expression in this country. Shoma Chatterji reports.

Terror reporting reveals gaping holes
The pervasive tendency to speculate and insinuate involvement of individuals and selective groups in instances of terror, without authentication or references to source of information, is not only an unfair attack on those implicated but against the very essence of journalism. Ammu Joseph elaborates.
Peace Ammu Joseph The Press Voices unheard

Why is Naveen Soorinje still in jail?
Despite a political decision to drop charges against Kannada TV reporter Naveen Soorinje, he continues to remain in prison. A PIL filed soon after the decision has put the case in limbo. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya tracks and analyses the developments.

Police forged complaint to arrest reporter
The democratisation of media
Who will bell the media cat?
Private Treaties harm fair, unbiased news, says SEBI
The Empire strikes back - and how!
Countdown to better representation of women in media
Mass media: masses of money?
It is shameful to misguide people
The "era of Ashok" - a new era for 'news'?
The medium, message and money
Cheerleading, rather than critiquing
The Media and the Flu
Media Policy: A citizens' wishlist for Ambika Soni
Media Policy: A citizens' wishlist for Ambika Soni
Making news in the Northeast
Teen journalists make their own newspaper
Women join hands for a better media
And now the good news
Media and people power
Is this sports, or false patriotism?
Concern over content and conduct
Public missing in Broadcast Bill debate
Leading relentlessly, till the end
Whose budget is it anyway?
Media barons and press freedoms
Condom Ads: missed messages
Are children being abused on the tube?
New lease for documentaries
Between cup and lip
Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Changing sex roles in Indian advertisements
Through the eyes of women filmmakers
India Shining meets the Great Depression
Information as empowerment
"Readers are our only support"
Covering the Republic of Hunger
CAG audits of PSUs must stay
Are bloggers parked?
Making it to page one
Media campaign brings hope to desert
From women's media to rural media
A sting in the story
More than a local edition
The medium, the message, and the masses
Public discourse on public health
New boundaries, old limits
Voices of the marginalised
Media with a message
Gender, media and tsunamis
Bloggers connect people, hasten relief
When violence is not news
"Few believe that speech is free"
Counsel for the Council
Free to express, not intrude
The Muslim growth rate and the media
This journalist demands his rights
Advertorials: blurring the dividing line
Raw deal for women journalists
'Culture Cops' and the mass media
Media illusions
Unshackle FM radio
Including the excluded
Comics for development communication
Frequencies of expectation
A people's paper
Reporting in times of conflict
The Press must represent the public
Readers and the media
This journalism is about growing
Plight of the vulnerable
Interview : An Indian press
Investigative journalism : Not dead
Images that promote fear
Assault on autonomy
Myopia over radio
"Report processes, not events"
Micro media, minimal impact
Warning: Monopoly Media
Media for Medicine
Contemptible, but true
The objectification of the youth
Hunger, malnutrition, and the media
Waiting in the wings
The Times, they are a-changing
A second judiciary
Media, democracy and citizenship

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