Allowing sexist jibes

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/08/2017

The Hoot has received a complaint about a press conference at Haryana Bhavan on July 20 where a seasoned news agency journalist launched into an outburst against the CMD of ONGC  for an exclusive interview he had recently given to a CNBC anchor.  The reporter's tirade was allegedly peppered with unprintable references to favouring mini-skirted journalists. The incident we find did happen. If instant and vociferous censure from all those present was called for, it was not forthcoming.          

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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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