│THE MEDIA MUST TRANSFORM FROM A FAITHFUL DOG TO AN AGGRESSIVE WATCHDOG│
Tell the Nation What It Ought To Know
India has been witness to some of the most game- changing transformations, as well as some horrific aberrations in the past few years. Their dissemination has been fueled mainly through technology.
The outlook, vision and expectation of it’s 1.3 billion citizens has also changed. From being happy to get road access to their town, Indians now want super highways, dotted with amenities and wificonnectivity.
It’s internet thirsty population wants to guzzle data which would put the mighty Kumbhakarna to shame.
This insatiable desire for connectivity has led to awareness, about both the good and the bad things happening in India and it’s a telling sign how Indians have reacted to this awareness.
1) India is fed up with tolerance. No longer is India ready for appeasement of minorities, appeasement of the enemy, appeasement ofNetas and Babus. This is a new and impatient society, which wonders W.T.F. was going on for the past 75 years after independence. International exposure has created a feeling of resentment in the minds of the youth, as to why their country refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.
2) Indians are now fed up of pretending to be humble for the sake of decency.
3) They are ready for challenges and to test the waters of uncertainty and technology.
4) They are not afraid to ask questions from their Governments and not lazy to stay at home and watch TV on election-day.
5) They are fed up with “respecting” the politicians by virtue of their title and dynastic inheritance and want to know what efforts are they putting in, 24/7 at the click of a button.
The Government at the Centre rode this wave of India’s new expectations. In fact any Government in power in India, even those in the States, are aware of these realities and expectations. They are now compelled to appear to either deliver, or chose to ignore these realities at their own peril, at the expense of being voted out.
Amongst all this, the role of the media has become all powerful and almost all pervasive.
In this era of Alt News, Fake News, Post Truth, and Big Data, powered by the social media, it’s all the more important for the media to not get lured by the temptations of click-bait, TRPs and viral viewership. It’s extremely important to ensure that accurate reporting and Principles of Journalism are not compromised. They must ensure that any news is given its due importance but not sensationalized at the altar of reporting all the facts.
This is particularly important on account of the fact that India will be holding its National General elections sometime next year which creates the real danger of the media becoming mere tools to vested interests. Hence it is all the more important for the media to maintain its vigil both on others and on itself. The institution of the media now faces the toughest challenge – of not only maintaining the focus on facts and objectivity, but also appearing to do so.
With this background it should be worthwhile to note with dismay that the media has already made an impetuous leap into the nadirs of opprobrium within the first 2 weeks of the New Year, aptly justifying the trolls from whom they have earned the titles of “prestitutes” and “baazaaru” :
- The first incident was related to the publishing of story in The Quint on 5th January 2018, which claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a RAW agent, who was caught red handed on account of his being incompetent. It detailed out accounts of senior officials of RAW regarding Jadhav. While the story was subsequently retracted, it was readily picked up by thePakistani MediaRaghav Bahl’s The Quint published this story under the title, ‘Two Former Raw Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy.’ After retraction, the story currently states,’ The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story.’
The story socially engaged more than 50000 users on the internet. Besides the shameful aspect of irresponsible reporting, the brazenness of the media continues through the following:
- Quint refuses to apologise and accept that it made a mistake. It still continues to maintain that it is “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.”
Calling a spade a spade!
Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy https://www.thequint.com/news/politics/two-former-raw-chiefs-did-not-want-kulbhushan-jadhav-recruited-as-spy …
The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story
The Quint is rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.
- The author of the story Mr. Chandan Nandy,(@NandyGram) continues to maintain that he did the right thing by using vague terms such as “unnamed sources” to support his claim instead of hard evidence.
Sandip, the world, especially of journalists, survives on trusted sources.
— Chandan Nandy (@NandyGram) January 5, 2018
- Instead he chose to go into hiding after causing so much damage and spreading falsehoods.
Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for Family and friends. Freedom of press ?
- The impudence continued as apart from a few websites, the mainstream media chose to either glance over or ignore the issue altogether
- The effrontery conduct of the Indian media was again there for the world to witness when a group of senior journalists (including Senior Journalist Dipankar Nandi of Aajkal News,Deobash Bhattacharya of Anand Bajar Patrika –ABP NEWS) accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official tour to London, attempted to steel silverware at an official dinner in a luxury hotel in London.
- They did so by stuffing the cutlery into their bags or pockets.
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