Adani's possible takeover of liberal NDTV sparks concerns about media freedom in India

NDTV India is seen today as the only moderate Hindi news outlet to have shunned strident nationalism. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BANGALORE - A proposed hostile takeover of a liberal journalist-owned Indian television company by billionaire Gautam Adani has sparked concerns about the future of media freedom in the world's largest democracy.

On Aug 23, the Adani Group said in a filing to the Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) that it had acquired a 29.18 per cent stake in New Delhi Television (NDTV) and would make an open offer for another 26 per cent soon.

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