‘Editors and senior journos must declare assets’

27 August 2009

Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta attacked environmentalists in a recent column.

“Drive out… don’t fly,” he wrote, and you will find bounteous fields in Punjab and Haryana, and not the caked, cracked and dried mud-flats with withered saplings that characterise drought that afflicts half the districts in India today.

Reason: the foresight of regional leaders and some central governments, which invested heavily in irrigation in the 1950s and ’60s. This, said Gupta, had happened because:

“…most of this was done in decades when the most retrograde and jholawala movements in the history of mankind had not yet arrived on the scene.”

The labelling and stereotyping has provoked a ferocious reply from the political scientist, Aditya Nigam, a fellow at the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), on the website Kafila, whose tagline screams “Run from Big Media”.

Nigam writes:

“…It is equally common knowledge that increasingly opinion makers in the media—editors and senior journalists in particular—are known to be making huge amounts of extra income (and other forms of assets like free shares, houses and so on) from sources other than those provided by their employment.

“This self important and self-righteous tribe of people in contemporary India who think they are above every body else and cannot open their mouths without a claiming a moral high ground, also needs to be made accountable.

“We are not suggesting that any particular person is in the pay of anybody else—even though the grapevine has innumerable stories to that effect—of the ultimate moral corruption of most mediapersons. But surely when opinions are expressed as ‘disinterested’ and ‘objective’, the public must have the right to know whether these opinions are actually disinterested. And what better way can there be when politicians have to disclose their incomes, and we are calling upon judges as well to follow suit, that we also demand the same of editors and mediapersons.”

Candidates in elections have to declare their assets and liabilities before the elections. Bureaucrats do too. And now judges have joined the ranks.

Should journalists follow suit?

Read the full article: ‘Editors and journalists must declare their assets’

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6 Responses to “‘Editors and senior journos must declare assets’”

  1. Just another journalist Says:

    Good idea.. may we should.. May be then the world will realise that most journos are under paid and struggle to make a living with what they get!

  2. sharat Says:

    journalism gives social value. and if u go beyond metros the situation is just pathetic for journos. Hard to see if someone deviates…

  3. sahana Says:

    It is good idea. But, people can make out from the list whom to bribe y analysing income..

  4. vidya Says:

    hahahaha… good one! but no journalist will write an opinion piece on this in the op-ed page or the media analysis columns…

  5. avinash aggarwal Says:

    LIKE ALL OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES MEDIA PERSONS MUST DECLARE THEIR ASSEST ON THEIR WEB SITES. IT SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY.


  6. Most of print & electronic media personalities are becoming richer by dayover day as they are following the foot steps of our corrupt politicians,businessmen & breuocrats. Therefore,it is right & high time that all media owners & senior journlist declare & display their wealth,income & source of income yearly to establish their credibility.


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