news Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 05:30
In a bizarre move, the management at the DNA newspaper in Mumbai and Thane has banned the use of mobile phones by their staff in the office premises. A media brief on The Hoot mentions that the new policy will come into effect from Thursday, July 16, 2015. The management’s decision could have a detrimental effect on the way news is gathered by journalists. More than most devices, mobile phones have come to play a large part in the profession, as everyone likes to be connected on-the-go. The move will limit reporters to age-old landline phones, and according to a member of the DNA staff, questions had been raised by them. Speaking to TNM on the condition of anonymity, they say that the editorial team did object and complained to the management, but the management at the newspaper responded by saying that it was their concern, and that they shouldn’t worry about it. The decision by the DNA management comes a few months after employees at one of the newspaper’s sister concerns, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, were faced with a similar situation after the organisation banned cell phones in April this year.    

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