Confession vindicates Tehelka

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/01/2016

The confession  of the constable in the Chungkham Sanjit case also helps two vindicate two journalists who have faced repeated enquiries since then. Six and a half years ago Tehelka magazine carried photographs of a man being shot dead in an alleged encounter, following which the then correspondent who procured the photographs, Teresa Rehman, and the then managing editor of the magazine Shoma Chaudhary, had to face enquiry panels in two cities. Tehelka broke this story.


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