Deception is a nasty business !
In India,Television news is a relatively new phenomenon ( its hardly 15 years old ).Therefore,TV journalists often violate code of ethics.The print media, have a watchdog in the form of the Press Council of India which may not have punitive power but can give warning to erring media professional and media houses.Few years back, a national TV channel,broadcast a ‘sting operation’ claiming a lady teacher in Delhi lured students into flesh trade.later it was found that she was framed and the reporter who conducted the sting operation was in jail.This type incident happens because there are no such watchdog for broadcasting media.The Editors Guild of India set up a sub committee to consider the draft of Broadcast services Regulation Bill and Content Code for the electronic media has come up with the suggestion for a code of ethics for news and current affairs channels.Often crime programs aired in Bengali channels are often violate code of ethics and reporters interfere with the work of Police and they often ‘punish’ low paid police constables who caught red handed while taking bribe.Most of the reporters are arrogant and disrespectful to the public.
There is a longstanding debate about the ethics of undercover journalism,I enjoy my undercover reporting.I agree with senior journalists and media ethics experts that ‘deception’ is a nasty business’.But,sometimes,it is necessary to unearth the truth to go undercover.But I think that if all traditional means to investigate the story,including interviews fail,then only the reporter can undertake this type of pretext or deception.
Tags: Ethics , Journalism , Deception
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