The “journalist” who offered a Rs 2 crore bribe?

Journalists and media houses are turning out to be key go-betweens and beneficiaries in the 2G spectrum allocation scam that has already seen a Union minister and several corporate honchos go behind bars.

Several famous scribes have found themselves on the infamous Niira Radia tapes, at least one journalist’s house has been raided, and a TV channel has been named as the recipient of the bribe money.

Despite the strongarm tactics adopted by Ratan Tata‘s Tatasons against The Times of India group with obvious commercial implications, The Economic Times continues to lead the way in its coverage of the scam.

This time, Rohini Singh shines the light on the burgeoning breed of middlemen-journalists, for whom the press information bureacu (PIB) accreditation card is, well, the gift that continues to give.

Newspaper facsimile: courtesy The Economic Times


Also read: What Niira Radia told PAC on Barkha Dutt chat

Have the Tatas blacklisted The Times of India again?

Four lessons in journalism from the Tatas’ chief PRO

Tamil journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia firm

2G scam bribe was diverted to Tamil TV channel

Has media credibility suffered a body blow in 2G scam?


  1. I highly appreciate the ED officials for resisting the bribe. In fact they did the most sensible thing. One day even that bribe issue would have come out much to their disgrace.

  2. Sam

    This sounds suspicious. Wouldn’t the logical thing be to set a trap for the briber? In Tamil Nadu, when you file a complaint against someone, that is the first thing that the anti-corruption bureau tries to do – set a trap to catch them in the act.

  3. Jeevan Jyoti

    No, Sam, that’s not necessarily suspocious. For one thing, ED is not an anti-corruption watch-dog. it’s CBI that is. Secondly, with its hanfs full with so many investigations, ED perhaps couldn’t afford to be distracted and waste time and manpower on arranging a “trap” , with CBI’s assistance, of course.

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