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On The Listening Post this week: India’s political parties are deploying big money, strategy, and celebrity sparkle to win votes. Plus, the news network telling the Rohingya story.

Big money, high stakes – playing the media game as India votes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a second term, and his party – the BJP – seems destined for victory in India’s general election. How much of that is due to Modi’s genuine popularity, and how much is down to the BJP’s sprawling publicity machine – is another question.

Over the past financial year, the BJP’s publicity budget has been 20 times that of the main opposition party, the Congress. That’s a lot of extra rallies, billboards and social media ads spent to brand Modi as the leader Indians need. Throw in a few dozen celebrity endorsements, Bollywood style, a mainstream news media, most of whose support the BJP gets for free, and it adds up to an election that looks like Narendra Modi’s to lose.


Raghu Karnad – Contributing editor, The Wire
Joyojeet Pal – Associate professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Supriya Sharma – Executive editor, Scroll.in
Parth MN – Journalist

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Reporting Myanmar’s Rohingya story
In breaking news out of Myanmar this past week after more than 500 days behind bars, two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been released by the government. The men had been jailed for their investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces. News of their release was welcomed by journalists and activists around the world.

In Myanmar though, reporting the Rohingya story remains challenging. Since 2017, almost three-quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh – and Myanmar’s government has been aggressive in its attempts to control the narrative. One network however, Rohingya Vision TV, has been reporting the story from the inside.


Muhammad Noor – Co-founder and Managing Director, Rohingya Vision TV
Aye Aye Win – Former Myanmar Bureau Chief, AP
Francis Wade – Author ‘Myanmar’s Enemy Within’
Mark Farmaner – Director, Burma Campaign UK

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  1. Well world around thts how it has been trump ws vastly out funded by Hillary….the Congress itself used to outspend all opposition parties by a factor of 10 for more than 60 years

  2. It’s just laughable when any Middle Eastern country talk about Democracy or freedom of press or human rights 🤣🤣🤣

  3. BJP IT cell active here. India ain't democratic country.

  4. Qatar analysing Indian election and also giving its views…..can hipocracy be better defined?

  5. No 1 biased media managed by Qatar government. You can't influence us. Stop your propoganda.

  6. I see hindu terrorists dont like real news like Al Jazeera but they like godi media I. e pro Modi news

  7. Modi media fake! fake! fake

  8. Why u dont give refugee to rohingya terririst

  9. Modi ko kuch rupay aljazzera ko dae dena chayae tha

  10. All the comments here is the clear proof of the huge amount of money being used for BJP's social media propaganda. This is done by labelling anyone who criticize modi as anti-democracy, anti- India and paid. But in reality these are the people who are actually anti-democracy, anti-India and obviously, paid.

  11. Al jazzera is right this time 👍

  12. Dont believe Aljazeera story.This Aljazeera is propraganda channel.Many documentary it created based on hearsay and swearby.

  13. I was serious until u got the print ,wire etc in to this. Only thing left is merg Ur self with NDTV hehehe

  14. moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodi

  15. After the election campaign of this intensity, no wonder why Indians support Modi. That's what media has done to them. They are literally zombies who can not think or act accordingly but yes, every Indian will try to display their smartness with fancy, powerful English words which they think English borrowed from India.

  16. I hv been to India and Was shocked by the state of corruption levels at government agencies

  17. All the leftist journalists lecturing nobody listens to them

  18. He can spend all the money he. Wants but an illiterate chut will remain an illiterate chut

  19. Country like Qatar talking about election 😂🤣😂😂😂😂

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