Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Justice Liberhan humiliates journalists, says 'get lost'

It was another low for Indian media. Justice (Retired) Liberhan shouted at journalists and asked them to 'Get lost' but the journalists still ran after him and their channels showed the entire scene.

Not one of them had the guts to tell him, 'Lay off' or 'Get lost' for heading a commission on which Rs 15 crore (150 million) was spent and that took 17 years to submit its report.

Is it not incompetence that the Commission takes ages to present its report and even then comes out with strange observations like overlooking the Centre's inaction during the demolition of the Babri mosque.

Ironically, electronic media had no option but to telecast the 'byte'. The impolite and rough tone of Liberhan could have been blocked. The media has the right to ask how the report got leaked but when someone speaks discourteously, it should also be able to confront him for his lack of civility.

Unfortunately the TV channels have brought disgrace to themselves and the entire journalists' community by airing the comments. The reporters and cameramen are pressed to get byte and this rush to get the 'version' even when the person is unwilling, has shamed the media world.

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