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Singapore Press Holdings' annual awards honours the best in journalism
Targeting youths, Finance Ministry taps social media influencers to promote Budget 2018
How will Chinese vote?
The unlikely social media heroes of Kashmir
Sprinters take to social media wishing coach Poad speedy recovery
TV channels told to verify content taken from social media
CM Siddaramaiah to police: Crack down on communal social media posts
2018-01-18 01:36:31 Asking the state police brass to take seriously communal posts and messages on social media, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday directed them to register suo motu cases against those involved in posting provocative messages intended to incite tension. Communal troublemakers should be booked under the stringent Goonda Act, if necessary, Siddaramaiah said during his annual meeting with senior police officers   Read More ...
Bipin Rawat wants curbs on social media
2018-01-18 00:44:36 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat urged for the need to regulate social media in a bid to control activities of terrorist organisations as they often use the internet for spreading propaganda. Speaking on Wednesday at the Raisina Dialogue — a three-day geo-political conference — Gen Rawat said that in a democratic country this might not be appreciated, but said "temporary curbs" to ensure a safe environment are required   Read More ...
Duterte, Rappler clash over fake news, press freedom
2018-01-18 00:16:13 President Rodrigo Duterte and Rappler locked horns over fake news and press freedom after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to shut down the online news site for alleged violations of the Constitution and corporate regulations. In a scathing attack against Rappler a day after the SEC made public its decision, the President on Tuesday called it a “fake news outlet” that published stories “rife with innuendos and pregnant with falsity   Read More ...
Singapore Press Holdings' annual awards honours the best in journalism
2018-01-17 16:00:04 SINGAPORE - The calling out of a controversial name given to a war museum, which spurred the Government to rename it, won Story of the Year at the Singapore Press Holdings' annual awards for its English/Malay/Tamil Media group on Wednesday (Jan 17). When the name of the revamped WWII museum at the former Ford Factory was revealed in February last year, it raised eyebrows in the community   Read More ...
Targeting youths, Finance Ministry taps social media influencers to promote Budget 2018
2018-01-17 12:01:53 SINGAPORE: Ahead of the upcoming Budget 2018, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has been reaching out to social media influencers to promote the Budget and related public feedback sessions on Instagram. A post shared by Persie ♡ (@peroro_) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:39am PST. The account has about 7,300 followers and as of Wednesday evening (Jan 17) her post had about 280 likes   Read More ...
Why Rappler is raising Philippine press freedom fears
2018-01-17 11:36:58 The Philippines has revoked a licence for one of its major English-language news sites, Rappler, igniting a debate about press freedom in the country. Historically, the Philippine media have been considered the freest and liveliest in Asia. Rappler has in the past been critical of the government of Rodrigo Duterte, leading some to say the decision is an attempt at press censorship, though the government argues that the news site violated a clause   Read More ...
Army Chief Bipin Rawat Suggests Curbs On Social Media To Control Terrorists
2018-01-17 11:09:43 New Delhi: Army chief General Bipin Rawat today suggested curbs on selected social media sites that terrorist organisations "always resort to" saying it could be a way of controlling terror. Admitting that people might not like in a democratic country, he underscored one has to take a call on "whether we can accept a temporary curb" for a "safe and secure environment"   Read More ...
Farid Kamil's latest TV series is trending on social media
2018-01-17 07:35:31 KUALA LUMPUR: Troubled actor Datuk Farid Kamil's off-screen ‘drama’ may be the talk of town now, but Netizens are eagerly following his latest drama series on the small screen, too. Entitled Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu, it has been trending on Twitter since it premiered on Monday. he romantic drama's hashtag #lafazkankalimahcintamu was Malaysia's top trending topic on Monday night with 40,000. Directed by Along Kamaludin and adapted from the novel of the same name by Siti Rosmizah, Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu also stars Nelydia Senrose, Azhar Sulaiman, Azri Iskandar and Adibah Noor   Read More ...
Social media is not a neutral beast: Teesta Setalvad at Lit for Life 2018
2018-01-16 10:18:24 It is when the micro aspects of social media communication are explored that one begins to understand the details of trolling. Narayan Lakshman, Associate Editor at The Hindu, started the discussion by exploring the access trolling provides, in its “ability to attack (people) in paid, organised swarms”, and the personal experiences of the panelists regarding the same. On the inherent bias in social media, activist Teesta Setalvad said, “Social media is not a neutral beast   Read More ...
How will Chinese vote?
2018-01-16 05:14:31 POLITICS is never boring in Malaysia. There’s so much to talk about, and a lot of people have been giving their views on the coming 14th General Election, including veteran journalists, via blogs, news portals and social media. One is quoted as saying that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will retain power, but will not win the popular vote. A veteran journalist laments there is too much focus on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Pakatan Harapan candidate for prime minister   Read More ...
Man Arrested For Allegedly Circulating Girl's Photo On Social Media
2018-01-15 15:11:23 Mangaluru: A 22-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly circulating the picture of a girl, a SFI functionary, on social media and threatening a youth from another community. The arrested has been identified as Harish Devadiga belonging to Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district, the police said today. He was arrested from Pumpwell in the city yesterday and his mobile phone has been seized, they said   Read More ...
Rappler shutdown not attack on press freedom
2018-01-15 12:37:54 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday said the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission revoking the registration of news organization Rappler supposedly because of Constitutional infringement and violation of the country's anti-dummy law was not an attack on press freedom. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the SEC's decision could not be construed as an attack on press freedom as it was the 1987 Constitution that barred foreign ownership in mass media   Read More ...
Veteran journalist and writer Gnani Sankaran passes away
2018-01-15 05:35:42 Veteran Tamil writer, journalist and theatre personality, Gnani Sankaran, died in the wee hours of Monday at his residence in Chennai. He was 64. Undergoing regular dialysis for kidney ailments for few years, Gnani was away from his active social life for several months. Known for his spirited life and daring positions on various issues, Gnani is often recalled by his friends as a firebrand journalist of Madras of early 1980s, besides his many experiments in literature, street plays and theatre   Read More ...
NGOs rely on social media to curb animal cruelty - Nation
2018-01-15 00:47:24 PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental organisations are closely monitoring social media as part of the steps to curb animal cruelty. One of these bodies is Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the digital platform helps in checking on animal abuse. “We and other NGOs are actively monitoring such cases highlighted on social media,” he said   Read More ...
Social media outreach helps cops counter subversive propaganda in J&K: DGP S P Vaid
2018-01-14 14:35:59 Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid today said that social media outreach had helped the force counter the propaganda of subversive elements and improve the security situation in the state. “Social media was misused to a large extent in 2016 to mislead the public and we managed to counter it to a large extent. Our effort to bring into a positive narrative helped in improving the situation to a large extent,” Vaid said, addressing passing–out-cum-attestation parade of 911 recruits at the Subsidiary Training Centre in Talwara here   Read More ...
Trust the weatherman, not social media - Nation
2018-01-14 00:47:28 PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has dismissed talk on social media that monsoon winds from the Philippines are bringing heavy showers and causing a wet and cold spell in the country. MetMalaysia director-general Alui Bahari has also dispelled viral news that the sudden drop in body temperature could lead to high fever. “The department denies viral social media news that a change in the monsoon winds from the Philippines has brought heavy rain to the western part of the country, resulting in continuous cold weather   Read More ...
Two held for derogatory posts on social media
2018-01-13 06:11:44 The Bantwal police on Friday arrested two people, including the admin of a WhatsApp group for allegedly attempting to promote enmity between groups and outraging the modesty of a woman. In a communiqué here, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police C.H. Sudheer Kumar Reddy said Balakrishna Pujari, 48, son of Annu Pujari, a KSRTC driver and resident of Uppinangady, had posted messages that could hurt religious sentiment   Read More ...
One app to connect to all social media
2018-01-13 06:04:13 A new mobile application that might change the way people connect to their social media accounts has been developed by an American student of University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, U.S., Daniel Everist, and is all set to be launched in Bengaluru. The app, ‘Sprouter’, helps one connect to various social media accounts with just one touch. Twenty-year old Everist was in Hubballi on Friday, along with his one-time teacher Manoj Patil, who is now a teacher as well as entrepreneur, to give details of the app that is already being used by thousands in the U   Read More ...
Social media profile lands man in jail in 17-year-old case
2018-01-13 05:20:49 A man, who was absconding in a 17-year-old forgery case, landed in police net today due to his profile on social media, an official said. Ahnish Bhatnagar was arrested from his rented accommodation in the Vaishali Nagar area here where he was living with a different identity, Ajay Sharma, station house officer, Malviya Nagar, said. Bhatnagar had allegedly accumulated funds from clients for his company with a promise of high returns, but later wind up his office in 2001 to commit forgery running into lakhs, the official said   Read More ...
Snowy Merlion, beanies, padded socks: Social media users respond to Singapore's cold spell
2018-01-12 09:45:15 SINGAPORE - A bout of cool weather has hit Singapore, with temperatures plunging to 21.7 deg C in a few locations early Friday morning (Jan 12). In fact, Singapore weather forecast is currently the top trending Google search topic, with over 5,000 searches. Some people have taken out their winter wear, usually reserved for holidays in cooler places, while others are staying warm indoors   Read More ...
Travel shows join anime as export content of TV broadcasters
2018-01-12 03:42:04 Although anime still accounts for the bulk of content exports by commercial TV broadcasters, local stations are increasingly using subsidies for travel shows to promote the charms of the country to audiences abroad. Broadcasters across Japan are seeking new sources of income as revenue from commercials have lost ground to Internet advertising. The export value of broadcast content in fiscal 2015 rose 58 percent from a year earlier to 28   Read More ...
FIRs Being Used To Strong Arm Journalists, Says Mamata Banerjee
2018-01-10 22:37:47 Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that FIRs are now being lodged against journalists to intimidate them if anything adverse is reported against certain people. "Now if a reporter writes something, utters certain words, an FIR is filed and cases are lodged," the chief minister said at a programme in Kolkata. "No national newspaper is now being allowed to write certain news reports and subjected to strong arm tactics," she said without elaborating   Read More ...
Complaint against video on social media
2018-01-10 19:20:13 A city school has lodged a complaint with the cyber crime police and the jurisdictional police station against a video being circulated in various social media platforms depicting an accident on stage during a performance by students, with the caption that nine children died during an annual day celebration. A management member of Max Muller Public School in Basaveshwar Nagar said that while the video being circulated is genuine, the incident took place more than two years ago, and there were no deaths   Read More ...
Dineshwar Sharma flags ‘propaganda’ on TV
2018-01-10 18:27:45 The Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to convene a meeting with authorities of certain television news channels to ask them to be careful against spreading “vicious propaganda” against Kashmiris. A senior source said on Wednesday that at least four news channels routinely aired stories exaggerating events in the Kashmir Valley, defeating the dialogue and peace process initiated by the Centre   Read More ...
Marriage Turning Into Threat In Social Media Age: High Court Judge
2018-01-10 16:38:54 New Delhi: With no secrecy of personal data in the age of social media, the institution of marriage is turning into a threat, Delhi High Court judge Hima Kohli has said. Justice Kohli, who was delivering a keynote address at a seminar on Mirage or Marriage: destined marriage and forethought divorce, expressed serious concerns over the growing nuisance related to marital relationships in India   Read More ...
Withdraw FIR against The Tribune journalist immediately, expresses Indian Newspaper Society
2018-01-09 22:19:35 The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has expressed “serious concerns” about the Unique Identification Authority of India’s move to file an FIR against a reporter of The Tribune for her story claiming that unknown agents had provided her access to Aadhaar’s database for Rs 500. Akila Urankar, president of INS, said in a statement that she, “on behalf of the entire community of INS Members, expresses serious concerns about an attempt to browbeat the reporter of Tribune who has courageously reported leak of crucial Aadhaar data”   Read More ...
Donald Trump, Erdogan tagged as global oppressors of media
2018-01-09 18:26:06 BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — US President Donald Trump and several other world leaders were tagged in the Global Press Oppressors list of the New York-based press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As Trump announced his “Fake Media” awards, the CPJ also named in its list the leaders who use rhetoric, legal action and censorship to try to silence their critics, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was dubbed the “most thin-skinned   Read More ...
Aadhaar Leaks | Assault on press freedom: Captain Amarinder slams UIDAI for filing FIR against scribe
2018-01-09 13:11:10 On a day that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, condemned UIDAI, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder also hit out at the body for filing an FIR against the scribe who reported the story. He called it an ‘assault on press freedom’, and said that the government needs to plug leaks instead of plugging the system that ‘exposes such loopholes’. He wrote on Twitter: “Strongly condemn the FIR by @UIDAI against @thetribunechd reporter   Read More ...
Edward Snowden Backs Journalist Who Exposed Aadhaar Privacy Leaks
2018-01-09 12:45:03 U.S Whistleblower, Edward Snowden has come out in support of the Indian journalist who exposed the Aadhaar privacy leaks. Edward Snowden has tweeted backing the journalist stating that journalist exposing the Aadhaar breach deserves an award, not an investigation. ___ About Channel: India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Stay tuned for latest updates and in-depth analysis of News from India and around the World! ___ Subscribe To India Today : _ Follow us: Official Website:   Read More ...
Going big on social media - Nation
2018-01-09 00:03:45 PETALING JAYA: From ramping up their cyber teams to creating memes, GIFs and content, political parties are gearing up for the general election by embracing social media in a big way. Some parties have also trained their members to use digital platforms to get their messages and aspirations out to the masses, while fending off rumours and fake news in the campaigning period between nomination day and polling day   Read More ...
Aadhaar case against The Tribune reportrer Committed to press freedom, says govt
2018-01-08 23:38:08 The filing of an FIR by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) against a reporter of The Tribune newspaper, for reporting an alleged breach in the Aadhaar database, triggered a political firestorm with the government saying it was committed to press freedom and the Opposition accusing it of “fascism”. While Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad argued that the FIR was “against unknown” persons, the Congress demanded its withdrawal and alleged that the “minister does not seem to have read the FIR or may be his reading of the FIR is extremely selective and he chooses to skip over the names”   Read More ...
H&M removes ‘racist’ ad featuring black child after social media backlash
2018-01-08 18:35:15 A photo on the company’s online website of a black boy wearing a green hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle” triggered outrage among observers. “Whose idea was it at @hm to have this little sweet black boy wear a jumper that says ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’?” style blogger Stephanie Yeboahon Sunday. “You do know that monkey is a known racial slur to black people right?” she added   Read More ...
Foreign Media On Aadhaar FIR Against Journalist: "Caused An Outcry"
2018-01-08 16:42:12 An Indian government agency has filed a police complaint against a journalist who exposed a possible security breach in the country's vast biometric database that contains the personal details of over a billion citizens, raising fresh concerns about shrinking press freedom in India. The complaint against journalist Rachna Khaira came after she wrote an article in the Tribune newspaper saying that reporters were able to buy access to addresses, emails, and phone numbers of a billion citizens for about $8   Read More ...
Chandigarh Journalists Hold Protest Supporting Tribune Reporter Who Wrote Aadhaar Expose
2018-01-08 12:23:47 The journalist fraternity has come out in support of The Tribune reporter Rachna Khaira with the Chandigarh Press Club raising slogans against the UIDAI authority. "If the government had nothing to hide, then they wouldn't have filed an FIR against the reporter," said one of the protesters. ___ About Channel: India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Stay tuned for latest updates and in-depth analysis of News from India and around the World! ___ Subscribe To   Read More ...
Aadhaar Data Leak: Journalist Rachna Khaira thrilled to 'earn' FIR, UIDAI says not 'shooting the messenger'
2018-01-07 19:41:42 The Delhi Police has registered an FIR on a UIDAI official's complaint over a newspaper report on data breach of more than one billion Aadhaar cards, naming the reporter behind the story, even as the daily said it will defend its freedom to undertake investigative journalism. Rachna Khaira, the reporter who has been named by the police, said she was happy about the development as she had "earned" the FIR   Read More ...
Aadhaar Data Breach Report: Editors Guild Condemns FIR Naming Journalist
2018-01-07 16:34:55 New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India today condemned the First Information Report (FIR) that named The Tribune reporter who exposed a purported leak of details of people enrolled in the Aadhaar database. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the authority that issues Aadhaar numbers, had filed a police case after the newspaper appeared to have bought login details to get access its database for Rs 500   Read More ...
Not targeting media or shooting the messenger: UIDAI's full statement on FIR against reporter who exposed Aadhar leaks
2018-01-07 15:07:49 An FIR was registered against a journalist from The Tribune newspaper after a report on how easily Aadhaar data could be leaked went viral on social media, the Indian Express reported. According to reports, UIDAI – the governing body that handles Aadhaar data – sent a letter to newspaper, demanding to know if the reporter could view fingerprints and iris details with Aadhaar number   Read More ...
How Congress found its voice on social media
2018-01-06 16:17:10 Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is known to maintain a distance from the media. Over the last few months, however, the political warhorse with socialist roots has taken to social media like a duck to water. He has an active official and personal Twitter handle, a dedicated app to interact with voters, and his speeches are broadcast on Facebook. The online visibility of the Congress in the Gujarat polls has had a ripple effect in Karnataka   Read More ...
When social media rants can land you in court
2018-01-05 13:48:24 PETALING JAYA: Criticising a restaurant or a business online might seem like a trivial matter, but your words may land you in court. A former employee of Champ's restaurant had made various allegations on Instagram and Facebook about its allegedly exorbitant prices as well as its hygiene. The owner of the restaurant, Richard Nah, filed a court case for defamation. On Jan 2, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin ruled in favour of Nah   Read More ...
Poe wants inquiry into social media sites’ guidelines
2018-01-05 12:20:43 MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe on Friday said the Senate should look into the guidelines of social networking sites to ensure that these do not infringe individuals’ right to freedom of information. Poe’s statement came days after Facebook removed the posts of Manila Bulletin columnist Tonyo Cruz and educator Gang Badoy condemning the alleged compromise deal between the government and the Marcoses   Read More ...