MEMO: The world is not answerable to the media

Santosh Desai, CEO of Future Brands, in Tehelka:

“What if it turns out that there is truth in some of the salacious suggestions made by the media and the family is involved in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder,” asked Barkha Dutt in her [NDTV] show We The People. She was, of course, answered effectively by the Talwars’ lawyer who inverted the question and asked what would constitute an adequate apology in case it turned out that Dr Rajesh Talwar was innocent.

“The verbal jousting apart, Barkha’s question reveals a lot about how the media sees itself today. Implicitly, the media believes the world is answerable to it and not the other way around. The truth is that the media is not the jury; it is of no consequence if the media turns out to be right. What matters is the legal principle of the presumption of innocence (as Soli Sorabjee pointed out in the same programme).

“The media cannot speculate on the basis of unsubstantiated and motivated leaks no matter what the final outcome of the investigation. The problem is that the media’s quest for the truth is being overtaken by its desire to garner eyeballs and in the absence of any regulation whatsoever to temper this, we are seeing this sordid spectacle being played out.”

Read the full article: Salacious leaks and liberal guilt

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1 Comment

  1. d

    this is so true . trial by media is increasingly becoming a threat to the judicial process and the fundamental rights of an individual thanks to the TV news channels’ quest for ratings and eye balls.

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