On Saturday evening, the program “Yadon Ke Alok” was organized in memory of the late journalist Alok Tomar. Alok’s wife Supriya Tomar conducts the program every year. The topic of discussion was- “Indian Journal of Truthless Journalism.” The subject is not so surprising if the journalists do not understand those outside the community. Hindi translation of Satyetit Mane Post Truth. Like most people present in the program, this reporter also heard this word for the first time.
Many old journalism stalwarts gathered in the program. Some frozen, some uprooted. The responsibility of presenting the contents of the program to the guests was on Professor Anand Pradhan of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. Senior journalists Urmilesh, NK Singh, Punya Prasun Bajpai, Rajdeep Sardesai and Ram Bahadur Rai were to join as keynote speakers but NK Singh could not attend the program.
All the speakers took turns to speak. Everyone had different opinions about truthless journalism. Some said that this is not new in Indian journalism, while some also argued against it. One speaker rejected the subject of truthless journalism. But after the program, especially a part of Punya Prasun Bajpai’s statement, some digital portals and newspapers were taken away.
An Environment Of The Protest
Actually, after Rajdeep Sardesai, Punya Prasun Bajpai came to speak. Taking a jibe at his earlier speakers, he said, “It looks like Modi has become a platform of protest rather than a discussion on truthless journalism.” Punya Prasoon further said, “The status of TV news channels first Was also difficult and still the same. The only difference has come in ways. Advisory was issued from the ministry in the UPA government. After that the editor used to remove that news. Today, there is this fear that a call can come from anywhere. That phone can also belong to the Prime Minister’s Office, BJP Headquarters, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting or any officer of the Secretary level. ”
Prasoon continued his talk. He gave an example that a secretary level officer called in the newsroom and asked where did you get such a fact or a particular information. What was the source of this news? The journalist present in the news room is informing the officer about the source and information. On this, Punya Prasun pointed out that this means that the secretary is also not doing his job, only watching TV.
Punya Prasun also said that there is no democracy in India. By assuming this, the media will also not be a ‘fourth state’ because in fact journalism is not happening anywhere. Talking about the corruption case during the UPA era, he said that we had all the documents but no newspaper or channel was willing to run it.
After this, many digital portals did not reach the point of convergence in the matter of making the lecture of Punya Prasun Sanisnekhej. Most people started heading – “Now the editor gets a call directly from the PMO.” While Prasoon spoke the whole thing in another context and in totality in which governments from UPA to NDA behave the same.
Earlier speaking speakers also expressed concern over the collapse of democratic institutions. Urmilesh shared the experiences of old-time journalism while sharing the experiences of his old days. He told how a report from Punpun near Patna reported that the militants had dropped the bridge. When they reached there, the bridge looked like it. When he met the so-called militants (as was being written in the mainstream media), he came to know that they are Mushars and poor laborers. Contractors in that area wanted the bridge to be demolished.
Rajdeep also discussed media ethics. He gave examples in the context of truthless journalism from Prime Minister Modi’s speeches – “When the Prime Minister of the country calls Ganesha’s dimpled nose a plastic surgery, whom to expect?” He also said that Hindi and English journalists should be more and more The platform should be shared so that the distance between languages can be bridged.
Some Tough Times
Senior journalist Ram Bahadur Rai came to speak in the last. He recalled the Emergency days and dismissed the topic of debate. He said that there is no such thing as truthless journalism, only truth is there. The bottom line of his speech was that the media now needs regulation and this will be done only by creating media commission. Rai Saab himself is in an important position associated with the government, he has access to power, respect for his seniority, so why could he not do the great and important work of the press commission in four years of his own government?
Taking a dig at the Manmohan Singh government, he recalled Harish Khare, the media advisor to the Prime Minister, saying that the UPA government did not contribute in becoming a press commission. But he did not say what the Modi government did in this direction. In this government, the Prime Minister did not bother to hire even a single media advisor, despite this, only Harish Khare and Manmohan Singh got the opinion to target.
Ram Bahadur Rai sarcastically said on Rajdeep Sardesai, “So much has the effect of the Modi government that journalists like Rajdeep are reminded of the soul.” The audience galleries echoed with applause.