1. Freedom of Press a Myth in TN?
Puthiya Thalaimurai, a Tamil news channel, has been pushed by the state-controlled Arasu Cable, from a channel in the 120s to 499. All thanks to a talk show on 'development in Tamil Nadu', which discussed the government's handling of the anti-Sterlite protests, among other things.
The Chief Minister of TN Edappadi Palanisamy defended this move, as also the government's decision to file FIRs against the guest (director Ameer) and the channel under section 153 (A) and 505 on charges of promoting enmity between different communities, and different groups on the basis of religion.
Journalists and the public are seeing this as a lockdown on the freedom of the press, specifically TV news media in Tamil Nadu.
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