“Leaky Journalism”

via Captain (Retd) H.Balakrishnan,I.N. published on November 19, 2008




Reference your edit ” Busting terror strikes ”

-  (TNIE- 13 NOV).


You had stated in the edit: ” That two soldiers, both SENIOR OFFICERS, one retired and one serving, should be involved in bomb-making and terror activities indicates that it may not be a ‘ONE-OFF’ as Army Vice-chief Lt.Gen. S.P.S. Dhillonsaid recently “.



The incumbent Vice-Chief of Army Staff , Dear sir, is Lt. Gen. M.L. Naidu and NOT Lt.Gen. S.P.S. Dhillon.
Lt. Gen. M.L. Naidu is retiring on 31 DEC 2008, and the government has appointed
Lt. Gen. Thamburaj, presently the Goc-in-C, Southern Command, Pune, as his successor from 01 Jan 2009!! This news was on the ticker tape of TimesNow T.V. on the night of 18 Nov 2008!!



When your paper cannot get even the names of ‘serving senior officers’ correct, how is the lay reader expected to believe the rest of your edit? Any wonder then you equate a ” Major/
Lt. Col ” to a ‘senior officer’!!


In a website, run by journalists, I came across this piece as the conclusion of an Article titled-” Leaky journalism “” If the media, especially the electronic ones, has to retrieve its tattered image before it is too late,  it has to come out with well-defined guidelines, based on a broad consensus, for coverage of criminal investigations. No government is going to tell the investigators not to indulge in premature disclosure of facts pending the submission of charge sheets before the judicial bodies because any government’s tool is “leaks” that suit them politically.”




How true!!!



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