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Role of Media in 2G Spectrum Scam

Added: (Thu Jun 23 2011)

Pressbox (Press Release) - For most of us, our day starts with reading the newspaper and switching through the news channels for some important piece of news. And the 2g Spectrum Scam News is taking up a major share of the daily quota. When news is such an inseparable part of our lives, it is crucial that it is not understated or over exaggerated.

But, unfortunately these days, we have become so used to the masala news that hardly anybody applies their mind as to what is factually correct and what is incorrect, & more so in high profile cases like the 2G Spectrum Scam Investigations.

To anyone who is following the 2G spectrum scam case closely and analysing the entire situation, it is clear that a section of the media is deliberately trying to highlight a few names like those of Shahid Balwa, A Raja, Kanimozhi, Sanjay Chandra ,Karim Morani, and Vinod Goenka while not touching corporate biggies such as Tatas and Ambanis. It is quite clear that in this 2G spectrum case, only a few are conspired to be indicted in the case while others are clearly kept out.

In the 2G Spectrum Scam Case, instead of providing valuable insights, the media is trying to become the judiciary. The media has targetted easy scapegoats, revolving their stories around a selected few because even they know that it is difficult for them to target certain big names like the Tatas, Ambanis and Ruias. It is a well-known fact that the trial for 2G Spectrum case is going on, and nobody can be proved guilty unless and until it is proved in court, but, without taking it into account, our media has started blaming people and highlighting a only few names without mentioning the rest of the suspects.

It is bizarre that the media is covering things like a day in the life of 2G scam accused in jail. One article covered as to how the summer break in courts would make it difficult for the 2g scam accused to enjoy air conditioners in the court rooms and enjoyment for those eight hours. Well, how does it matter as to who is sharing oranges in the court room and who is chatting with whom? Is it the job of the journalists to cover these things? Can this be called real journalism? The job of a journalist is to share the facts related to the 2g scam case, chart its progress and present everything without distortion.

In the 2G Scam Investigations, the media needs to remember that they are neither the judge nor the moral police. Instead, it would be to all our advantage if we were to see insightful coverage on role played by all players (including the bigger corporates & politicians) invoved in the 2G Scam Case.

Submitted by:Sudhanshu Bose
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