Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Fourth estate being attacked globally

Narada Desk | March 13, 2016 10:36 am Print


We live in an era where ‘fourth estate’ or new media face a crisis or are targeted because of personal or public vengeance. Not as an organisation but are aimed at individually just because media has got the guts to spit out the truth.

Journalists form one of the four pillars of a democracy, and like the Judiciary, Executive and Legislature, journalists require due respect without which a society would tumble down.

Recent incidents show how journalists are being tarnished for personal benefit/ pleasure.

Sindhu Sooryakumar, chief coordinating editor of Asianet News TV, moderated a discussion on Friday night about whether Mahishasur Jayanti could be considered an act of treason.

Sindhu said she was threatened, abused and called a prostitute by callers who alleged that she had insulted Goddess Durga.

“In the half an hour discussion, I never raised the question “what is wrong calling Durga a sex worker?” Nor did I say that it was a matter of freedom of expression, as is propagated by them. Please watch the video. You will understand what transpired,” said Sindhu.

It is ironic how “Lawyers turn lawless”, in the light of the recent incident at Patiala House Court, where a journalist was beaten up amidst the ‘mute spectators’ police, who did nothing to stop the mishandling.

“I told them (lawyers) I am a journalist, let me do my job” but “Vikram Chauhan dragged me inside the court, and there everybody started punching and beating (me),” said Tarique Anwar, the journalist who was attacked at the Patiala House Court in Delhi on Wednesday. “I urged policemen… see what’s happening, at least save me, but they did nothing,” Tariq Anwar, the journalist who was beaten up said.
This is only an incident which occurred nationally, internationally they are attacked as well.
A Belgian journalist has been groped by two men on live television while reporting from the Cologne carnival in Germany.
Leave out the fact she is a journalist, she should be given the respect given to a woman. The spine the teenagers had to assault her on live television is pathetic.

Esmeralda Labye told The Local she had been left shocked at the incident.

“At first they were just making faces behind me,” she said. “Then a hand landed on my breast. I was was shocked.”

The attack comes amid a wave of sexual assaults at the carnival and increased security presence.

Reporters from Sweden, Norway and Russia have been taken to hospital after being attacked on the Chechen border. According to preliminary reports, the journalists were removed from their vehicle by their assailants and beaten up by men with possible links to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
In Afghanistan, two radio journalists were hospitalized, one of them in a coma, after being attacked by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, the police and one of the victims. It was the latest in a series of attacks on members of the Afghan news media.
These are just few incidents which was brought to the surface but there are incidents which stay in the dark.