Fourth estate being attacked globally
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.
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.