Monthly Archives: January 2009

Trapped journalist speaks from inside Gaza City

Israel’s land, sea and air attack on Gaza to smoke out Hamas men firing daily rockets on the Jewish homeland, has been remarkable for the near-complete blackout of information from inside Gaza City. Journalists are barred from reporting from inside Gaza City for “operational reasons”. Result: As the relentless bombardment continues, no one knows what’s…

How come media did not spot Satyam fraud?

A requiem for Indian business journalism, in the delightfully breathless style of Juan Antonio Giner, founder-director, Innovation International Media: ‘Satyam’, meaning truth. India’s fourth largest software services provider. The darling of Hyderabad. An outsourcing company with 53,000 employees that serviced 185 of the Fortune 500 companies in 66 countries. A company which now says 50.4…

The top-15 media stories (& viral videos) of ’08

The strange thing about the so-called Global Village is that it has turned us all provincial. We relate to, are interested in, connect with, and remember news events with an insularity that would befuddle Marshall McLuhan. And in the process, we forget that stuff happens outside of the bubble we inhabit. The Listening Post, the…

When the blind told the world what it was up to

*** Chandana, the Kannada television channel of India’s State-owned national broadcaster, Doordarshan, created history of sorts by getting three visually challenged persons to anchor news bulletins through the day on Sunday, 4 January 2009. The heart-warming move was made to mark the bi-centenary of Louis Braille, the man who invented the script for the blind,…

Conflict of interest and an interest in conflicts

The media website The Hoot, created under the auspices of the Media Foundation and run by Sevanti Ninan, who writes a fortnightly media column in The Hindu, has this piece of media gossip today: “Rumour mills in Delhi have it that Mint editor Raju Narisetti’s exit last month had something to do with the home…

‘TV is trying to make the world a single image’

Film maker Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of acclaimed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, in conversation with H. Shaji, in The Times of India: How do you see the medium of television? In the rush towards modernity, the world often misses the values of civilisation. Television is teaching us to think in a very cliched manner. TV is…

Is management responsible for content too?

SHARANYA KANVILKAR writes from Bombay: Can a newspaper (or magazine or website) publish anything in the name of a “debate”? Is such content questionable even when it does not directly spark trouble on the ground? And, in the eyes of the law, who is to be held responsible for the publication of such content? These…

‘Don’t believe everything in the newspapers’

And what better way to start the new year than with a neat poem? SHIVANAND KANAVI forwards a poem written by his father, the  Kannada poet Chennaveera Kanavi, during the 1970s—“either during the Emergency or just after”—that has an eerie resonance in 2009, thanks to the speedy despatch of footwear by an Iraqi journalist to…