Friday, February 20, 2009

Noida 'strip tease' MMS scandal & Media's role


The print media has come under severe criticism for publishing facts about the victim in the Noida 'strip tease' MMS scandal, which is unethical and establishes the girl's identity.

Further, the papers didn't stop at naming the locality and even publishing the visual from the clip (just face blurred) of the MMS. Everything about the girl was mentioned.

The photo clearly shows the cupboard, the chair and the room in such a way that every relative and acquaintance of the girl's family will have no problem in identifying the victim. The carelessness and disregard to the prestige of the girl's family has been shocking.

First, it was the English tabloid Midday that printed the story. Later Hindustan (Hindi) carried it on its front page. Other Hindi and English papers also found it 'juicy' and published information about the girl without giving any thought.

The girl, a 23-year-old, was in love with a fellow student at a business school in Delhi. She did a strip tease for him, which he shot using his cell phone camera. But when they fell out, he sent the video clip to friends through email. He allegedly hacked her mail inbox.

Sad times for journalism.

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