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Probe agencies, media mishandled Sushant case – The Tribune India



KTS Tulsi

Senior Advocate and Rajya Sabha MP

CRiminal law does not allow the victim to prosecute directly because the victim can hardly be expected to take a balanced view. Therefore, the entire investigation and prosecution is put in the hands of criminal law experts to ferret out the truth, i.e. the unvarnished, unbiased truth. The victim cannot dictate terms to the investigation or prosecution in the way that it has sought to do.

A victim cannot interfere in investigation and during the prosecution, is given a supplementary role in assisting the public prosecutor. Allowing all of these to occur has caused an absolute mockery of the criminal justice system. For example, Rhea Chakraborty is being vilified for abetment to suicide without any evidence of intention or positive act on her part to see Sushant dead. The Supreme Court case of West Bengal vs Orilal Jaiswal (1994) cautioned about careful factual scrutiny in abetment cases before acquittal or conviction.

If unbridled interference is allowed, no investigation would ever come to a conclusion. Allowing such interference at every stage facilitated media access. This caused a reversal of the “innocent until proven guilty” theorem in criminal law. Moreover, despite the absence of an iota of ‘reasonable doubt’, the media continued to concoct its own John Grisham novel. There is no difference between the mob lynching that occurs via ‘extra-judicial killing’ and a media trial. In both these cases, agencies other than the court assume the role of judge, jury and executioner. And eventually, even before the court hears the matter, the conjecture around the case causes competing narratives to engulf the public completely.

In Maharashtra vs Rajendra Jawanmal (1997), the court ruled that “a trial by press, electronic media or public agitation is the very antithesis of the rule of law.” Similarly, in Manu Sharma vs NCT of Delhi (2010), the court said, “The media publishes statements which outrightly hold the suspect or the accused guilty even before such an order has been passed by the court.”

The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, says that “prejudicing trial and hindering the administration of justice” amounts to “contempt.” In the case of YV Hanumantha Rao vs KR Pattabhiran (1975), it was held that “when litigation is pending before a court, no one shall speak on it in such a way that there is a real and substantial danger of prejudice to the prosecution or, such as impact on the defendant, the witnesses or bias against a party to the case in general. Even if the person who makes the statement honestly believes it is valid, it is still a court contempt.”

Therefore, the actions of the media put them at the risk of having committed contempt. People’s perspectives are being made volatile puppets by being tailored by political-interest-fulfilling media houses that dish out narratives to suit whichever political parties they cater to.

There was a tremendous delay in filing the First Information Report (FIR). Until July 27 this year, there were no allegations made in this case. It was only 40 days after Sushant’s death that his family made allegations to the Bihar police. The delay in the filing of the FIR clearly shows how this was an after-thought. Legally, the Bihar police should have registered a zero FIR and then transferred it to the Mumbai police. But nothing of the sort happened. This caused the registration of an FIR at a place where no cause of action arose and was an abuse of the process of criminal law. Expecting the Bombay police to do their bidding was totally uncalled for.

There is also a privacy violation. Debatable, confidential facts about his mental health have been reported by TV channels. Sushant Singh Rajput has been accorded with several mental health conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. The question that begs an answer here is whether such public disclosure amounts to a violation of the confidentiality which binds a doctor-patient relationship.

The reasoning employed by the court to allow the Patna police to exercise jurisdiction is problematic. The reasons are: first, Sushant’s father claims that his attempts to talk to his only son who was expected to light his funeral pyre were thwarted by the accused; secondly, under Section 181(4) of the CrPC, because of there being accusations of a criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of money — which had to be eventually accounted for in Patna — the court held that it was legitimate for the Patna police to hold jurisdiction. The question here is: — is the father the sole heir of his son’s monies? Also, if the legal heirs of a deceased are based in different states, does each state gain jurisdiction?

Setting one agency after another by the government was unfortunate. It only managed to divert the attention from the key issue of whether Sushant’s death was suicide or murder. Based on Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the CBI cannot carry out an investigation without the consent of the state concerned. There is one exception to this for constitutional courts which exercise their power under Articles 32 and 226: By handing over investigation within the jurisdiction of the state to the CBI — the court went on to exercise the power of a constitutional court.

The Criminal Procedure Code exists to ease investigation in each case with uniformity. The Sushant suicide case seems to have torn the procedural Code to pieces by failing to follow any semblance of what the Code mandates. Allowing the Bihar police to investigate a suicide that occurred in Mumbai amounts to ignoring the concept of federalism.

The case was formerly hijacked by ‘outsiders’ within the films to masquerade their bravado of having ‘made it’ despite not being products of nepotism. After this, it was about an easy target and a holy trinity of romance, with men shifting seats at the corners. Then, it moved on to Bollywood’s ‘drug problem’. Eventually, Sushant’s corpse became a vote-catcher for the political parties in poll-bound Bihar. Not once, not ever, was this about the actor himself. 

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Montenegro's New Majority Urged to Prove Commitment to Media Freedom – Balkan Insight



Despite a pledge by parties poised to form a new government in Montenegro not to interfere in the work of the country’s public broadcaster, rows and recrimination at Radio-Television Montenegro, RTCG, are feeding into doubts among analysts.

RTCG finds itself in uncharted waters following the end of three decades of rule by the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, unleashing an increasingly public battle over the direction of editorial policy at a broadcaster that for years has largely stuck to the DPS line.

Tensions at the broadcaster erupted this month when the management under RTCG head Bozidar Sundic accused certain members of the nine-person RTCG Council, which oversees management and editorial policy, of trying to steer coverage in the interests of the opposition parties that together won a slim majority in the Montenegrin parliament in an election in late August.

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ImagineAR Announces Andrew Beranbom, CEO & Founder of First Tube Media, as Advisor to CEO to Launch Immersive AR Live Music Streaming Activations – Canada NewsWire



VANCOUVER, BC and ERIE, Pa., Oct. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – ImagineAR (CSE: IP) (OTCQB: IPNFF) an Augmented Reality Company that enables sports teams, brands and businesses to instantly create their own mobile phone AR campaigns, is pleased to announce that Andrew Beranbom has joined the Company as an Advisor to the CEO for the purpose of launching Immersive AR Engagement during Live Streaming Branded Music Concerts.  Mr. Beranbom is the CEO & Founder of First Tube Media with current clients including GrubHub, St. Jude’s Hospital and Tito’s Vodka.  ImagineAR believes Mr. Beranbom will significantly accelerate the Company’s presence and revenue in Live Streaming Branded Music Concerts.

Andrew Beranbom said; “ImagineAR is the most advanced AR platform in the market today and I am excited to have the opportunity to dig in deeper into their innovative capabilities and leverage the platform to bring next gen engagement experiences for brands.  With the explosion of livestream creation and consumer behavior it is an exciting time to think through the next phase of innovation around consumer engagement and how to bring in the 2nd screen to live media experiences and create demonstrable ROI.

Since the pandemic started, First Tube Media has executed over 50+ brand owned exclusive livestreams with companies including Grubhub, Northwell Health, MasterCard, Chase, CDW, Tito’s Vodka creating must watch “tune in moments” that have engaged over 60 million fans via a variety of premier artists from Camila Cabello, Questlove, Meghan Trainor and just over the past 6 weeks most recently 3 #1 Billboard artists Morgan Wallen, Ian Diorr and 24kGolden.

“Andrew is a forward-thinking entrepreneur and truly understands the enormous potential of integrating Augmented Reality for Brand Sponsored Live Streaming Events to drive engagement,” said Alen Paul Silverrstieen, CEO and President of Imagine AR. “With today’s paradigm shift in digital live experiences, Mobile Augmented Reality is a perfect engagement technology to compliment First Tube Media’s innovative digital live experiences and drive revenue.”

This press release is available on the Company’s AGORACOM Discussion Forum, a moderated social media platform that enables civilized discussion and Q&A between Management and Shareholders.

About First Tube Media

First Tube Media brings the live industry together to create must-watch live cultural moments. Its platform enables talent, event creators and sponsors to find each other and connect via a full-service approach operating premium live stream creation and proprietary distribution services that deliver endless online exposure and clear ROI. The company is a full-service team of music industry experts, film makers, digital marketing experts, and software developers creating Tune-In worthy branded live content distributed and optimized for ROI. Clients Include GrubHub, Tito’s Vodka, MasterCard, Northwell Health and St. Jude’s Hospital.

About ImagineAR

ImagineAR Inc. (CSE: IP) (OTC: IPNFF) is an augmented reality (AR) platform,, that enables businesses of any size to create and implement their own AR campaigns with no programming or technology experience. Every organization, from professional sports franchises to small retailers, can develop interactive AR campaigns that blend the real and digital worlds. Customers simply point their mobile device at logos, signs, buildings, products, landmarks and more to instantly engage videos, information, advertisements, coupons, 3D holograms and any interactive content all hosted in the cloud and managed using a menu-driven portal. Integrated real-time analytics means that all customer interaction is tracked and measured in real-time. The AR Enterprise platform supports both IOS and Android mobile devices and upcoming wearable technologies.

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Alen Paul Silverrstieen
President & CEO

(818) 850-2490

We encourage you to do your own due diligence and ask your broker if Imagine AR Inc. (cse: IP) is suitable for your particular investment portfolio*.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. This press release may include ‘forward-looking information’ within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business of the Company. The forward- looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Imagination Park’s management. Although Imagine AR believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward- looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because Imagine AR can give no assurance that it will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and Imagine AR disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.


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Media Beat: October 26, 2020 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News



However blue you may feel, just thank the bejesus you aren’t living in the madness that is the UK today

Jonathan Pie explains

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Rogers tops forecasts as wireless, media units rebound from pandemic impact

Rogers Communications kicked off its industry’s fall earnings season Thursday by reporting a healthy recovery from the early months of the pandemic, although the results remained lower than last year as its advertisers and consumers continued to grapple with the virus’s economic fallout.

The Toronto-based wireless, cable and media company said Thursday it earned $512 million or $1.01 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30. – The Canadian Press

Corus Q4 profit rises, revenues down

On an adjusted basis, Corus earned $33.2 million or 16 cents per share in its Q4, up from an adjusted profit of $27.9 million or 13 cents per share a year ago.

Corus Entertainment revenue totalled $318.4 million, down from $377.5 million, as the disruptions caused by the pandemic depressed advertising revenue — especially in radio.

The television segment, which includes the Nelvana animation and merchandising business and Corus Studios, saw revenue fall to $299.1 million from nearly $343.8 million.

The Corus radio segment, which owns 39 stations that sell advertising time, saw revenue drop 43 percent from a year earlier to $19.3 million from $33.7 million. – David Paddon, The Canadian Press

Tommy Schnurmacher: My parents survived the Holocaust — I can get through a pandemic

I am a child of Holocaust survivors. I know how to catastrophize. With my mother’s milk, I ingested the panic and anxiety of impending disaster and not knowing if there will be enough food to eat. Within hours of our plane landing back in Montreal, I prevailed on a tsk-tsking Harold to indulge me in shopping for a food order big enough for a family of six.

Some of it is still in the freezer.

My family has not been short of food since we arrived in Canada from Hungary more than half a century ago. But never mind that. I can tell you the anxiety never disappears. There was an unstated reason why we all ate so quickly.

I only managed to calm down when I saw the pink towers of Rio tuna cans piled side by side in the pantry. – The Montreal Gazette

Terence Corcoran weighs in on the Big Tech debate

The only form of censorship that should be feared and opposed is that imposed by governments — a risk that could materialize if the U.S. Congress and the president have their way with their attacks on Twitter and Facebook and on Big Tech in general.

The objective of all the attacks has been clearly articulated in general terms, both by Democrats and Republicans. They want to revise or even scrap a section of the U.S. Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996, a revolutionary piece of legislation that has allowed America to become the global heartland of internet innovation and development — and a global force for free speech. – Financial Post

Netflix Q3 numbers

Netflix has just announced its Q3 results, showing that the streamer added 2.2 million subscribers for the quarter and reaching 195.15 million global subscribers in total by September 30. This quarter’s addition was slightly lower than the company’s estimated 2.6 million growth.

The company noted that the slowdown in growth was due to an incredibly strong first half of the year. – Jess Barnes, Cord Cutters News

Penske Media & MRC announce data joint venture

Penske Media Corporation, the media company behind publications such as Billboard, Variety, and Rolling Stone has announced a joint venture with MRC, to align their data businesses.

The newly formed company will combine MRC Data, formerly known as Nielsen Music, Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle, and Variety Business Intelligence, with control and ownership over the combined entity shared by MRC and PMC. – Ian Courtney, Celebrity Access

The problem with tech monopolies: from both sides of the political aisle

Both Democrats and Republicans don’t like tech companies right now. They both use the same words. They talk about antitrust, they talk about monopoly, but they both want different outcomes.

In the end, what’s happening is the companies are in the middle of a political fight over their ability to change the conversation. And two sides want very, very different things out of their ability to shape and to control speech. There’s not really a process here that is democratic or open. These decisions are being made in private rooms based upon external political pressure. – The Wall Street Journal

Woke-washing: How fast fashion brands use social issues for sales

When Channel 4’s Inside Missguided documentary aired this summer, critics were quick to highlight the disparity between the “boss babe” culture it presented and the reality of the fast-fashion brand’s operations.

The show placed female empowerment at the heart of the Missguided ethos, with no mention of the anti-feminist issues within the company – from the exploitation of female garment workers in their global supply chain to the 46 percent pay gap in favour of men.

This is just one example of what is being coined ‘woke-washing’. – Kavita Ashton, Euronews

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