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Reporters Without Orders Ep 301: Changes at BBC India, Haryana’s weakened pollution board

A reporters’ podcast about what made news and what shouldn’t have.

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This week, host Tanishka Sodhi is joined by Basant Kumar from Newslaundry, and Astha Savyasachi and Tapasya from The Reporters’ Collective.

Astha and Tapasya had reported on how the Haryana government turned the state pollution control board “into a body that serves the potential polluters” by including it in the Right to Service Act. They explain how Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar weakened the agency and regulations to stay on top of the centre’s ease of doing business rankings.

Basant reported on operational changes at BBC India – it’s metamorphosis into a new firm called Collective Newsroom that will be wholly owned by Indian citizens. He tells the panel why this had to happen to conform with Indian FDI rules. 

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00:00:00 - Introduction

00:01:19 - Haryana’s state pollution control board

00:18:30 - Changes at BBC India

00:27:27 - Recommendations



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