Thursday, December 02, 2010

Manu Joseph defends the outing of the "Radia-active" tapes


... [I have been asked] whether it was good journalistic practice to carry ‘raw material’ like telephone transcripts. The answer is yes.

... I believe that there are times when journalism need not be a process of telling the whole truth; instead it can become a way of finding extraordinary devices to tell a fragment of the truth. It is indisputable that the people of India came to know of some startling facts because of the publication of the transcripts. It was a story that people like Dutt did not tell their viewers and readers, and would have never told. But as they are forced to clarify themselves to clear their own names, information gathers more mass, more truths emerge. Yes, it is good journalism.

The inspiration for this post's title is from this delicious ad for Amul: "Radia-active Disclosures -- Amul in leak-proof packs" [via Nikhil's Buzz].


  1. Shreya Anup Akkihal said...

    I think that it was a good thing that the Radia-tapes were published. Now a days people are less scared about the judicial system getting to them for their misdeeds. This kind of reporting will surely make corrupt people think twice. Atleast one will be left to use only their power and not get away with a cool public image. Shameless people will also not be affected by such reporting

  2. Sunil Mukhi said...

    Manu Joseph is perfectly right. In particular the big cover-up of how Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi have compromised themselves is a blatant example of the press protecting its own.

  3. SKS said...

    You are awesome Manu joseph. we need more people like you in the media industry which is at the moment been completely bought out by political parties and corporates.