Discreet inquiries after the publication showed…

28 June 2010

A front-page mea culpa in The Times of India, Bangalore, to the vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), K. Govindraj. Govindraj had hit the headlines in June 2006 when he was reported as having allegedly molested a masseuse at the Commonwealth games in Melbourne.

Image: courtesy The Times of India

Read the original report here or the cache

2 Responses to “Discreet inquiries after the publication showed…”

  1. Naran Says:

    This is an abject apology by the newspaper.
    But where was the need for “discreet enquiries”?

  2. mysore peshva Says:

    in journalism, what TOI did is considered the gravest of libel.

    an apology might mitigate the damages in a plaintiff award, but it cannot pre-empt a libel conviction.

    plus, TOI’s use of the word “apologies” seems casual, even insincere. the formal and proper expression would be “apology”.

    i agree with naran above: who the heck is TOI to make any “discrete enquiries”? that seems outright sneaky. so even while admitting a mistake, TOI comes across as irritatingly self-righteous. but i am not surprised at such corruption from a paper that pioneered a “news-for-sale” phenomenon in india’s journalism.

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