Media Ethics

2001-2018—what The Hoot’s long haul captured

IN Media Practice | 2018-08-26

It never did have its own reporters, so what came is what we used. But once the space was created it captured what had not been captured before.


Amateurish sting traps gullible media managements

BY A HOOT COMMENT| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |26/05/2018

That so many fell for this sting says a lot for the amorality that may have begun to pervade the media business.

 

Republic of fake news

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/04/2018

In the explosion of fake news, where one report is worse than the other, social media users were taken aback to see a post with the Republic TV logo quoting journalist Rana Ayyub to the effect that the government ordinance to hang rapists of minors was directed at Muslims! Ayyub..

 

TV9 defends its coverage

BY HASEENA SHAIK| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/04/2018

TV9 Telugu does not need to be taught lessons on women’s rights, ethics or the right to privacy. We know what we are doing.

 

Character assasination by Telugu media and its fallout

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/04/2018

In pursuit of scandal, a Telangana channel invades the privacy of upright police officers who are then removed from crucial cases. Did the channel also serve a political agenda in the process,

 

Postcard news founder arrested

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/03/2018

Karnataka police arrested   Mahesh Vikram Hegde, founder of the right-wing site Postcard News, often called out for carrying fake news, for its news report that a Jain muni was attacked by a Muslim youth..

 

Mevani and ‘that mic’

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |18/01/2018

Mevani’s rejection of Republic TV raises a question: if media houses operate as hate-mongers, are they entitled to professional access?

 

Rs 500 bribes at NHAI event

BY SARADA LAHANGIR| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |24/07/2017

Media kits at Nitin Gadkari function had Rs 500 tucked inside.

 

 

BHC gives anticipatory bail

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/04/2017

The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail  to journalist Poonam Agarwal  and triple amputee war veteran Deepchand on 26 April in the Quint sting operation case.  They were both charged under Section 3 and 7 of the Official Secrets Act and under the IPC for abetting suicide by police in Nashik Maharashtra. The..

 

The Supreme Court petition on the Quint sting

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN LAW AND POLICY |26/04/2017

The Quint’s Poonam Agarwal petitions the apex court on the OSA charge, defends her sting on the army’s sahayak system, and demands a court inquiry into a soldier’s death.

 

Mangalam TV, the Minister, and media ethics

BY RAJEESH KUMAR| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |28/03/2017

The debate was initiated by the media itself as many leading media professionals came out publicly to say that this broadcast by Mangalam TV was a criminal act.

 

The ethics of reporting hate speech

BY ETHICAL JOURNALISM NETWORK| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/01/2017

As elections get under way, the prospect of political hate speech looms large. A five-point test for journalists on how to minimize damage when they report.

 

Fake, and increasingly dangerous

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/12/2016

An alarming proliferation of fake news that managed to outstrip fact-based news, threatens to topple the credibility of the media

 

TV reporters turn crude voyeurs

BY RAKHI GHOSH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/07/2016

In reporting sexual harassment in the film and TV industry, Odisha’s news channels highlighted sex-for-favours but showed insensitivity towards the victims.

 

Reveal your source

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |26/07/2016

In the unfolding saga of the extortion sting which exposed blackmail by the  OHeraldo newspaper in Goa,  and the retaliatory case of data theft filed by the paper, the latest is that the police are pressing the journalist who uploaded the sting to reveal his source...

 

An extortion sting implicates Goa's Herald

BY DEVIKA SEQUEIRA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/07/2016

The revelations, accompanied by the serialised release of a video recording, concern Goa’s boldest and most visible daily.

 

The dubious ethics of linking to dubious videos

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/07/2016

The case of Hasan Suroor, the British vigilante group Unknown TV, and the mainstream Indian media.

 

Was India Today's Mathura sting ethical?

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2016

By naming and showing two policemen who exposed the UP government’s lies, India Today’s sting operation put the men at risk of retribution,

 

Mainstream media’s collective fictionalising

BY THE HOOT| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/06/2016

How on earth did so many media outlets propagate a totally baseless story about a young woman killed in a seafront accident?

 

Commoditising tragedy?

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/03/2016

The picture of the Jet Airways employee has gone viral but what about her privacy and how the picture was used

 

Dubious ethics in Bengaluru assault reporting

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |08/02/2016

The media hypes up racism, but who will call out the racism that Deccan Chronicle and others displayed,

 

Trial by media: how journalists are used

BY REBECCA JOHN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/10/2014

The media must cross-check information put out by investigating agencies or else journalists could prejudice the rights of accused persons and influence trials,

 

Flagrant violation of media ethics

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/10/2012

The gang-rape of a law student in Bangalore recently has raised disturbing questions about sensationalized and irresponsible media coverage,

 

Media ethics in 2011

BY Hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/02/2012

Free speech reports don't upset anyone in the profession--they only underscore the journalists' sense of being brave, vulnerable and important to society. But how many annual reports on media ethics have you come across?

 

Action demanded in Goa paid news case

BY Mir Ubaid| IN REGIONAL MEDIA|30/10/2011

Entrapped by a sting operation earlier this month, the Herald and its editor are protesting their innocence. The local journalist who conducted the sting has complained to the Press Council, and the Goa Union of journalists is calling for action aga

 

Ethics and Journalism

IN BOOKS |24/12/2010

The Hoot excerpts a second passage from Madhu Trehan’s Tehelka as Metaphor.

 

Persuasion, Radia style

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |05/12/2010

Every editor who counts in the English media, pink or white or electronic, pops up in the transcripts... Every editor also understands that you need to meet them to get a fix on the issues. ??

 

Putting herself in the dock

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |01/12/2010

A visibly disturbed Barkha Dutt  decided to let herself be questioned by four journalists on her controversial role in the Radia Tapes, on Nov. 30. While it was a brave performance she did not answer two crucial questions adequately.  One, posed repeatedly by Manu Joseph, Editor,Open -why did she fail to report..

 

Crumbling Credibility

BY Muralidhar S| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/11/2010

The Radia Tapes debate: Is defining clear guidelines a solution to prevent recurrences? No. The issue is not about defining a code, but its implementation.

 

The Radia Tapes debate: working journalists introspect

BY POORNIMA JOSHI, RADHIKA RAMASESHAN, AMMU JOSEPH F| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/11/2010

Every hack covering government formation in May 2009 knew the PM didn't want Raja and TR Baalu because they were "tainted". Were Sanghvi and Barkha--the former gave the impression he had a hot line to the Gandhis--unaware of this?

 

The Radia Tapes debate: journalists and others write in

BY SAIKAT DATTA, ANURADHA RAMAN, SADANAND MENON, ANAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/11/2010

So let us build a "What If?" argument here. What if, I am a journalist covering the ministry of defence? What if, an arms dealer (or lobbyist) becomes one of my "legitimate sources" for news?

 

Radia Tapes: Media ethics at the crossroads

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/11/2010

"From as far back as I remember in my 20 year career as journalist, the primary rule has been: cultivate your source, listen to all his woes, extract information from him, but don't promise to ‘fix’ anything for him." Starting a debate on the Hoot.

  

Book extract: History of Media Ethics

BY PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN BOOKS |24/03/2009

Ethical issues have had to be confronted by those working in the mass media ever since the media came into being.

 

How private treaties influence reporting

BY CLIFTON D’ROZARIO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |17/06/2008

The Times of India was careful to leave out the name of its Private Treaty partner while reporting a worksite accident in Bengaluru.

 

OTV’s telecast offends viewers

BY elisa patnaik| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/09/2008

Orissa TV, owned by a leading BJD politician’s family, repeatedly telecast the explicit sexual content of a porn CD involving a young college girl, who had already committed suicide.

 

Sensational story, dubious ethics

BY Hoot Desk with Nava Thakuria| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/09/2008

Bangladesh’s leading English daily was linked with ULFA by two publications, neither of which sought a response from the people and publications named in the story.

 

So will anything change?

BY Hootl Editorial| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/07/2008

Arushi’s father is out on bail, pleading for the media to leave their family alone. Will a day come when trial by media becomes a cognizable offence

 

Scrutiny of private treaties builds up

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/01/2008

The Times Group pioneered this trend, and others are eager to follow.

 

The Paid Pipers of Panjim

BY Augusto Pinto| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/07/2008

People who read newspapers in the naïve faith that the journalists are batting for them, will get a rude shock after reading such accounts.

 

Dubious ethics of TV talent shows

BY s r ramanujan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/07/2008

It is not just phone-in programmes or reality shows which are not what they seem. There is something rotten in the ethics of TV broadcasting.

 

Sensational story, dubious ethics

BY Hoot Desk with Nava Thakuria| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/09/2008

Bangladesh’s leading English daily was linked with ULFA by two publications, neither of which sought a response from the people and publications named in the story.

 

Year of the fake sting

BY Mannika Chopra| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |30/12/2007

Now the fake Khurana sting has triggered a credibility crisis in the world of spycams, secret recordings and phone tappings.

 

Caught in the Net

BY Seetha| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |22/03/2007

A corporate espionage case has thrown the spotlight on whether the media can use material that has been illegally accessed from a computer.

 

Goan blog stings a local daily

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/09/2007

Increasingly blogs are keeping a sharp eye on the mainstream media. Here is a whopper from one of them, called Penpricks.

 

Cashing in on stings

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/10/2007

So what should one conclude about the message from NDTV India’s new fictional pulpit

 

Urmi Juvekar Vs CNN IBN

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2007

A reconstruction from available accounts of how a film maker fought and won a copyright case against a leading TV channel.

 

Turning on the watchdog

BY darius| IN OPINION |20/03/2006

The big boys who cannot resist a lamp-post did not even realize they had passed by a rather large one.

 

Media intrusions into aborginal reserves

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/01/2005

We have definite information that the media did not take special permits required to enter these reserves.

 

Questionable ethics

| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/12/2004

Was it ethical of the police to release a video grab of the Kanchi Shankaracharya breaking down during interrogation to the press? Was it ethical of the Asian Age to carry it and then say in the caption in its own defence that Nakkeeran had also published it.

 

Making business out of grief

BY Tarangini Sriraman| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/07/2004

Are journalists in the business of grief-mongering? Are they perverse creatures on the prowl for morbidity and misery

 

Living off Page Three

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/08/2004

Nafisa Joseph provided fodder for the sensation seekers

 

Media as Conscience-keeper?

BY haritsa| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/05/2004

The newspaper report cleverly combines the sources and techniques of journalism and fictional narration to ‘establish’ and pronounce judgment on ‘what really happened’.

 

Media illusions

BY dasu k| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/06/2004

People could bring down tyrannical regimes like those of the Shah of Iran or Idi Amin. But history has no instance of people dethroning a newspaper.

 

Freebies for obliging hacks –but you had better oblige

BY Lalitha Sridhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2003

An interviewee I once thought a possible friend was completely put off when I returned the lovely designer dupatta she couriered to me.

 

PRESS COUNCIL OF INDIAS REPORT ON FAVOURS TO JOURNALISTS

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/04/2002

 

Buying children in Orissa : A valid way to focus on starvation deaths?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2002

 

Stinging Judeo, Express style

BY Mannika Chopra| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/11/2003

Does this new brand of journalism point to a lack of ethics in the media or is it the beginning of a different kind of ethics

 

Insensitive Scoops And Devastated Families

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/08/2002

A newspaper scoop on the unsolved case of a dead journalist raises serious questions about harming the reputations of those who have survived her, particularly her child.

 

In The Wake Of Shivani

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/09/2002

The notoriety attending this high-profile case can have negative repercussions for Indian women in journalism..

 

 

Who is afraid of conflict of interest?

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/07/2003

It sometimes seems as if educated Indians grew up without any consciousness of conflict of interest being dinned into them at any stage.

 

The frenzied coverage of Natasha Singhs death

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |22/04/2002

The coverage violated all norms. Isn`t the media travesty of her death our chance to acknowledge how urgently we need to change, asks her TV journalist friend, Sonia Verma.

 

Privacy in peril

BY Dasu Krishnamoorty| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/1900

Let us see if there was any higher purpose for which the TV crew barged into Manu Sharma`s place by disguising their identity.

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