By Gautham Adiyodi
Some media critics and senior journalists do not welcome the recent expose of a Malayalam television channel,’Mangalam’.
As the expose went on air,the minister resigned within three hours.
Sting operation in aggressive journalism itself is a question of morality.There were many occasions in the past; some news websites and television channels revealed few cases.Some of them were highly sensitive and serious public issues.But,others too personal. Some proved,false or fabricated.Others determined the fate of many politicians.
BRP Bhaskar,Sebastian Paul criticized the move of the television channel.
Hacking of telephone conversation is considered as breach of privacy.Still,there are chances to expose some matters if there is serious public interests like corruption,national interest and security, and misuse of public office.
What is the public interest in the case of A.K.Saseendran?
He is a public figure and minister.Did he misuse his official systems for his personal need?
If the alleged telephone conversation is his own,how did the channel get it?tapped or recorded?
There are many questions in the mind of common men.
The channel didn’t provide female voice.Another thing is no woman came forward,complaining against the minster.
The channel,claimed more revelations,but didn’t air as said earlier.
However,Editor-in-chief and Managing Director of Mangalam TV ,R.Ajith Kumar said the channel had original evidence and if the lady involved,consented ,the channel would air the details of the lady on the other side of the controversial telephone talk.
Ajith Kumar gave replies to many such questions during his television discussion,in which few senior journalists also joined.
He also added that the channel would fight and move ahead and even ready to face any legal consequences.
He said that it was a corrective measure to clean Kerala politicians.
He made it clear when many social media users criticized the attitude of the television channel.
Some journalists criticized the way of presenting the news.
But,whatever be the method of presentation, the minister who allegedly made the’ sex talk’ is immoral,says other few.
The minister could have showed more maturity while ‘talking’ with a woman.
A public figure has very limited space for privacy,said some social media critics.
“A minister , being maintained by taxpayers money,is a highly responsible person.”-most of the panel members underscored it unanimously.
Mangalam CEO R.Ajith Kumar apologised later during his channel program that it was a honey trap,planned by his eight member editorial team.
One of the TV women staffers engaged in the controversial phone conversation,in which the minister was allegedly trapped.
Senior journalists and cultural leaders had come forward against the method Mangalam followedto expose a minister.