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Reporters Without Orders Ep 256: Wrestlers’ protest against WFI chief, Delhi Mayor election
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Reporters Without Orders Ep 256: Wrestlers’ protest against WFI chief, Delhi Mayor election
This week, host Akanksha Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Tanishka Sodhi and Basant Kumar.The discussion begins with Tanishka and Basant’s experience at Jantar Mantar as they covered protests against the Wrestling Federation of India and its President, Brij Bhushan Singh. The protests stemmed from allegations of sexual harassment and corruption within the WFI.As they discuss their report on WFI’s ‘sexual harrasment panel’, which is in clear violation of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (POSH) Act and power dynamics around sexual assault cases, Tanishka recalls how a journalist next to her claimed, “how is sexual assault possible in such cases…these women are wrestlers, they are physically strong”.The discussion moves on to Basant’s report on Brj Bhushan’s rise to power, his political career as a BJP Member of Parliament and whether the allegations against him would harm the party’s politics. They further talk about the postponement of the Delhi Mayor’s election and election of the members of the standing committee for the second time.Tune in.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:00:47 - Wrestlers’ Protest00:30:54 - RecommendationsRecommendationsBasantउत्तराखंड का जल शोक, बांधों की बलि चढ़ते गांवTanishkaWhy aren’t we listening to our scientists?AkankshaThe hills suffer: Joshimath and beyondAlaska DailyThe ChairMeet the most powerful Uber driver in IndiaProduced  by Tehreem Roshan, recorded by Anil Kumar, and edited by Umrav Singh.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 255: Reality of boycott posters, Hindu migration reports
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Reporters Without Orders Ep 255: Reality of boycott posters, Hindu migration reports
This week, host Basant Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Shivnarayan Rajpurohit and Main Media founder Tanzil Asif.The conversation begins with Shivnarayan’s ground report on the posters in Northeast Delhi asking Hindus not to sell their properties to Muslims. He recalls his conversations with Pradeep Sharma, the lawyer on whose behalf the posters have allegedly been issued. Sharma, interestingly, has rented the first floor of his house to two Muslim families. “If a Muslim offers me Rs 1.3 lakh per gaz against Rs 1 lakh by a Hindu, I will surely sell it to the Muslim. It is not a small transaction. It’s a question of lakhs of rupees,” Shivnarayan quotes Sharma as saying. The discussion then moves to Tanzil Asif’s report, which fact-checked a report on the front page of Dainik Jagran which claimed that Hindus have been migrating from Bihar’s Seemanchal region. Tanzil recalls most Hindus living in these villages were shocked at such claims and angry over the failure of legacy media to report on real issues.Tune in.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:02:16 - Dainik Jagran Investigation 00:26:40 - Brahmpuri communal posters00:41:00 - RecommendationsRecommendationsTanzilFarhaThe SwimmersShivnarayanTwitterati timesBasantThe hollow cult of Sidhu Moose Wala Keeda JadiProduced  by Tehreem Roshan, recorded by Anil Kumar, and edited by Samrendra K Dash and Satish Kumar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 251: Karnataka voter data theft, Delhi road safety
24-12-2022
Reporters Without Orders Ep 251: Karnataka voter data theft, Delhi road safety
This week, host Akanksha Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Alenjith K Johny and Prajwal Bhat from The News Minute. The conversation begins with Prajwal’s investigative report on the theft of voter data by an NGO that was tasked with raising awareness about voter rights in Bengaluru. “They were asking for ID proofs and marital status. Moreover, they were mapping out constantly, marking out areas covered by the polling booths in incredible detail,” says Prajwal, talking about the joint investigation by six journalists from TNM and Kannada outlet Pratidvani.Alenjith chips in, pointing to the failure of the Congress in raising this issue as the primary opposition party in BJP-governed Karnataka. The discussion moves to Alenjith’s report on a series of fatal accidents on Rohtak road near Peeragarhi in Delhi. “They are blaming  the poor citizens for living there and not considering the irresponsible behaviour of the government at this point,” he says while talking about the response of local officials.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:01:26 - Voter data theft 00:22:23 - Rohtak’s road accidents00:34:24 - RecommendationsRecommendations PrajwalShe Said AlenDelhi: A Soliloquy AkankshaThe Navy Accused Him of Arson. Its Own Investigation Showed Widespread Safety Failures.Guns, Jutts, GlorySwitch your phone off for a day Produced  by Tehreem Roshan, recorded by Anil Kumar, edited by Umrav Singh. Watch the conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 247: Gujarat elections, Republic TV land deal
26-11-2022
Reporters Without Orders Ep 247: Gujarat elections, Republic TV land deal
This week, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel as Akanksha Kumar is joined by Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari. Basant kicks off the podcast by talking about the ongoing election season in Gujarat, the ground realities of the Gujarat model, unemployment, Narendra Modi’s image, and unkept promises such as those surrounding the sugar mill in Kodinar. He explains how the closing down of one mill has compelled farmers to grow less profitable crops as compared to sugarcane. Ayush then details how the Yogi Adityanath government gave Republic TV a plot in Noida for a new studio, and how this land was leased during the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, on a day Arnab Goswami interviewed the chief minister in Ayodhya. He says the deal is not illegal but raises questions. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in.Watch the conversation here Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:01:59 - Gujarat Elections00:16:37 - Basant’s Recommendation 00:17:33 - Republic TV land deal00:28:29 - Recommendations Recommendations  Akanksha KumarAt the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal‘स्वराज’ सीरियल: न देखने वाले, न खरीदने वाले फिर भी पानी की तरह बह रहा करोड़ों रुपया Ayush TiwariChasing Bollywood dreams: How Noida’s Film City became a media hubReports on Twitter by Casey Newton Basant KumarExclusive: Yogi government gives Republic TV Noida plot for new studio‘स्वराज’ सीरियल: न देखने वाले, न खरीदने वाले फिर भी पानी की तरह बह रहा करोड़ों रुपयाFund our Election Coverage  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 242: Wire vs Meta, India Ahead linked to Delhi liquor scam
22-10-2022
Reporters Without Orders Ep 242: Wire vs Meta, India Ahead linked to Delhi liquor scam
This week, host Ayush Tiwari is joined by Newslaundry reporters Ashwine Kumar Singh and Aditi Agarwal. Aditi discusses her report on the Wire versus Meta feud and explains what it was all about, what was at stake and went wrong for the Indian news website. Speaking about her experience reporting this story, Aditi says, “It’s very difficult as a tech reporter to come up with stories as major tech giants are international. And, if something like this happens, It gets harder for people from outside to believe us in giving further statements.”They also talk about Ashwine’s report on the alleged role of TV news channel India Ahead and Telugu daily Andhra Prabha in the "Delhi liquor policy scam". This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:04:05 - Meta vs Wire00:36:32 - India Ahead and Delhi liquor scam00:55:50 - RecommendationsRecommendationsAditiThe Mitchells vs. the MachinesAshwineSkandalNL Interview: Sudha Bharadwaj on trade union activism and why Chhattisgarh will always be homeAyush What’s the Wire vs Meta fight all about?Expert take: Why was the Wire compelled to pull down its Meta stories?The Wire will ‘suspend’ its Meta stories until it carries out ‘thorough internal review’: Siddharth VaradarajanProduced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Saif Ali Ekram. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 240: Who killed Ankita Bhandari?
08-10-2022
Reporters Without Orders Ep 240: Who killed Ankita Bhandari?
This week host Basant Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar. Akanksha discusses her report about two Muslim men in Uttar Pradesh who were arrested last year and accused of having links with Al Qaeda. “The only evidence in this case is digital and it is normal messages and calls,” she says.She also discusses her report about a Dainik Jagran journalist who was allegedly assaulted for reporting on the functioning of Lakhimpur Kheri municipal corporation chairperson Nirupama Bajpai and her husband. Basant talks about his report on Pulkit Arya, who is accused of killing 19-year-old hotel receptionist Ankita Bhandari in Uttarakhand. Basant details Pulkit’s life and history. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in.Contribute to our ongoing NL Sena project, The Yogi Who Has it All.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:03:50 - UP men accused of terrorism links00:31:55 - Assault on Dainik Jagran journalist00:35:53 - Pulkit Arya’s profile00:47:00 - RecommendationsRecommendationsAkankshaThe Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile EnvironmentDelhi Crimeपढ़ाई में फिसड्डी रहे पुलकित आर्य के सर चढ़कर बोलता था सत्ता का नशाBasantदिल्ली सरकार का कहना है कि राज्य में एक भी हाथ से मैला ढोने वाला व्यक्ति नहीं है, फिर कैसे मर गए लोग?The Media RumbleProduced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Chanchal Gupta.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 237: Mukesh Ambani’s News Nation stake, Bihar youth’s arrest
17-09-2022
Reporters Without Orders Ep 237: Mukesh Ambani’s News Nation stake, Bihar youth’s arrest
In this episode, host Nidhi Suresh is joined by Newslaundry reporters Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar. They discuss Ayush’s report on billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s investment in TV news channel News Nation. “Only reason people know about it is because at one point Deepak Chaurasia was a primetime anchor on the channel and all he used to do was spread fake news and hate,” Ayush says of the channel. “Out of all the media houses, why News Nation? This is the biggest question and we are still looking for answers.”Basant talks about his report on TV news channels spinning tales about a video from Siwan, Bihar, which shows a young man raising awareness about bootlegging. The young man was arrested after ABP, Prabhat Khabar and News18 falsely accused him of selling alcohol.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in.Contribute to our ongoing NL Sena project The Yogi Who Has it All.Timecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:01:13 - Ambani’s investment in News Nation00:23:00 - False media reports lead to Bihar youth’s arrest00:33:52  - RecommendationsRecommendationsAyushThe Big Five: The Media Companies That the Modi Government Must Scrutinise To Fulfill its Promise of Ending Crony CapitalismBasantKachchh KathaKachchh Katha: ‘कच्छ को दिखाकर Gujarat को चमकाया गया, लेकिन वहां के लोगों को क्या मिला’|NL InterviewNidhiThe Story of a New NameSiddique Kappan ChargesheetSiddique KappanProduced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Samrendra K Dash.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.