This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 10: Media is No Longer the Fourth Estate
Media is No Longer the Fourth Estate
It was in the early 1980s. I had just joined as the agriculture correspondent of the Indian Express at Chandigarh. My intrepid journalist colleague, Sanjeev Gaur, who was later stabbed outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar at the height of the Punjab terrorism, was visibly upset. He filed a disturbing news report, which obviously donned the front page of the newspaper. The report and its follow-up still continue to haunt me.
A mentally retarded beggar, who was quite a familiar figure to those who frequented the central shopping-cum-office plaza in Sector 17, was so hungry that he couldn't resist picking up a bottle of toned milk from outside a shop. No sooner had ...