Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is this Freedom of Press or a Cheap Publicity Stunt?

I happened to see this video in Youtube. I don't know when this interview was shot nor do I have an understanding of that particular incident. In this video Ram Jethmalani former Union law minister and the most famous criminal lawyer in India is being interviewed by Sagarika Ghosh, wife of Rajdeep Sardesai, one of the owners of IBN channel.

 

This video is a perfect example of what print/visual media will do to sensationalize a sensitive issue. In the name of freedom of press, the journalist can ask any crappy question to any one. Here Sagarika is asking Jethmalani why he is defending an accused when the entire public opinion and press says that accused is a culprit. Even after Ram Jethmalani tells her that it is the courts that should decide if a person is guilty or not and it is his duty as a lawyer to represent his client in court, she keeps on repeating the same question in hundred different ways. I am sure an Oxford educated lady like Sagarika knows that everyone has the right to be represented in the court of law. I like the way Jethmalani replied back to her questions. He is so senior and established that he doesn't have to fear a media outrage against him.



If we go with Sagarika's argument then, we don't need any courts at all. We need some TV channels like IBN and some newspapers and they can pass the judgment of who is guilty and who is not.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Raghu said...

Well, I'm equally unaware of this case and its matters. But as rightly questioned, she doesn't represent the court and in fact, she is fumbling to frame it, losing confidence when shouted and importantly, pumping under pressure. Not just her, in fact, many an interviewer, since the origin of press, have been ignorantly & openly trying to pull legs , especially the reputed leg(if not heads :) ). This is a horrible and an unarguable practice that is being followed and justified.
However, with regards to this video, the lady, perhaps requires more of experience and practice,not just at the Howard, but in the media to handle people. Quite clearly, the man is making his statements that, he wants to disclose his argument only to the jury and not the press and the inquisitive people around. May be, she was a bit amateurish in revealing her curiosity. However, many others ,quite differently, try to irritate people by asking the so-called well framed questions , but the treatment as far as the celebrity is concerned is the same! Some do it in a polished way,others such as this lady involved, do it like this. That is all ! Still, both are not versions of constructive journalism. Even if the former one is justified as effective or investigative journalism(or a better coined jargon), it is just apparent and not "constructive" (as mentioned previously).

November 26, 2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Raghu,
Nice thoughts. This was exactly what went through my mind when I heard this video clip

November 27, 2008 7:08 AM  
Blogger Raghu said...

Oh. I'm alarmed, why not many people are making their comments on such an important article !

November 28, 2008 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Ayush choudhary said...

sir, dis ws in response to the JESSICA murder case ... stirred quite a revolutiion, u might have watched the Bollywood movie on the same ,was called 'jessica was killed' ...

August 27, 2012 5:40 PM  

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