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    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?


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    Jay Amit Shah, Modi and the media silence

    A telling media silence has followed a piece of investigative journalism by The Wire this week in India. The news website reported on the finances of Jay Amit Shah, the son of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-hand man, Amit Shah.

    The story tracked a sudden and exponential jump in the revenues of Jay Amit Shah's businesses after Modi came to power in 2014.


    Modi loyalists called the article a hit job; others called it strong adversarial journalism. The mainstream media, however, mostly shunned the story altogether. And that was before Jay Amit Shah took The Wire to court.


    Threats - of legal action or much worse - are something Indian journalists are having to contend with more and more often, a state of journalistic affairs the prime minister seems to support - at least tacitly.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2017/10/chill-effect-india-media-running-scared-171014073808340.html




    By screaming at the top of the lung and maligning any opposition the present regime is claimed to be free of "any corruption".
    This is autocratic. In Russia, the ruling power is always right, now in India too that is right.
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    We are the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet. There are currently 2100+ media sources listed in our database and growing every day. Don’t be fooled by Fake News sources. Use the search feature above (Header) to check the bias of any source. Use name or url.


    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/center/


    There are professional Journalist doing an honest job.

    Do not malign all journalist, for the errant few.



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    How fake news is widening social rifts in India

    Fake news in India is a rising problem. The practice of using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to disseminate false information is ushering in a dangerous trend. Murali Krishnan reports from New Delhi.

    Real news and information is increasingly getting buried in an avalanche of false information and hoaxes, which are spreading like wild fire in India and creating rifts between various communities, castes and religions.


    In recent times, there have been numerous instances of fake news misleading people, spreading false propaganda or maligning people as well as entire communities. The trend appears to be intensifying as Indians increasingly receive their news and information from social media.


    Just last month, fake stories were weaved as the anti-Rohingya rhetoric on social media mounted, with photographs of children being misused in the divisive propaganda. The fresh outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province since August has sparked a steady stream of provocative but nonetheless fake images.


    In July, a rumor that a gang of men was supposedly abducting children in the central Indian state of Jharkhand was spread via WhatsApp. It soon mobilized a mob of several hundred people who ended up killing seven men. The rumor proved to be false and the slain men turned out to be innocent.

    Knowing that the online fake news industry is well organized and those manning it are out to foment trouble, fact-checking websites that have emerged use Google search and reverse image search to check if images have been manipulated. Some also use Tineye, a dedicated reverse image search engine, which is another preferred tool to do the same job.


    "I go through various algorithms to check sensitive content. It requires extensive online research and fact-checking to establish the source of false news," Pankaj Jain of SM Hoax Slayer told DW from Mumbai.

    Both Sinha and Jain concur that apart from mainstream media using due diligence to verify fake news on social media, there should also be governmental intervention to check its spread.

    "Government bodies at the rural level need to instruct rural folk of internet literacy. They consume all news and spread it without verifying. There has to be inbuilt internet tools to stop this," said Jain.

    In recent times, individuals, companies and even governments have tried to spread misinformation and to manipulate public opinion and behavior through fake news and this was witnessed at the time of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential elections.

    The problem of fake news therefore is not going to go away anytime soon, and discerning the truth is not going to be easy.

    http://www.dw.com/en/how-fake-news-is-widening-social-rifts-in-india/a-40875997
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