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Sashi Kumar is a journalist, film-maker and media thinker and initiator who launched the Asianet TV channel and subsequently founded, and chairs, the not-for-profit public trust Media Development Foundation, which runs the Asian College of Journalism.
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Sri Lanka: The more things change...

The immediate outcome of the January election has been a fillip to freedom of expression in the media, but behind the euphoria of the moment trails a three-decade-long record of a press under siege. »

The cinema child

Bringing the end of man’s life into renewed contact with the child self has been a passionate object of investigation throughout the modern period. “Boyhood” is one such cinematic exploration. »

Content marketing challenge

The newest challenge to the formal news media in the social media space, with vital implications for journalism, comes from brands turning to content marketing using the tools and technologies of the new media, thereby eliminating the intermediary. »

Giving & taking offence

The right to offend, perhaps implicit in the right to free expression, is a value to hold on to but to be wielded with discretion and care. And religion cannot, in a secular democracy, be wholly exempt from scrutiny and criticism. »

Beyond the moralising screen

Of intrusive health advisories on cinema screens and the suspicion of many a sip between the shot and the sound bite on prime time television news. »

Caste spins and readings

A gaffe on twitter by a veteran television news anchor is widely held to be in poor taste and his attempt to rationalise it in a newspaper column only ends up staining what he sought to cleanse. »

The epic in a pixel

The epic form that informs Kumar Shahani’s cinema is a fine and delectable memory not because his cinematic journey is over, but because his is the kind of cinema “that now needs the refuge of the museum to survive and live again”. »

Close-up and up close

A striking feature of the thoughtfully curated documentary film festival held in Mumbai is the iterative power of the first person conversational or testimonial voice and/or face in close-up. »

Noisy signals

The yes-sir-present-sir response of Doordarshan to the ruling party, its slants and biases, are unfailingly all too obvious. The private channels have become adept at being more inscrutable, even devious, in their ways, much like their counterparts in the West. »

Prefiguring journalistic truth-telling

The 1929 Soviet film “Man with the Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov was recently adjudged the greatest documentary ever made; Vertov himself perhaps was not without a sense that the film was speaking more to posterity than to the present. »
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