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Media Watch

February 2012

Supplementary Issue


From the news theatres

Seema Mustafa

The year began with another media extravaganza. In Jaipur, during the over crowded and over hyped Rajasthan Literary festival. Closing into Oprah Winfrey, the 24 hour television channels and their print counterparts, were sufficiently distracted from the Talk show queen by a bunch of mullahs demanding the head of author Salman Rushdie.

Cover Story

Crime Time: How and why journalists get involved


Days after United Kingdom’s biggest tabloid News of The World, under editor Rebekah Brooks, shut down, a report in Mail Guardian (published from South Africa) said reporters were under intense pressure to get exclusive stories by whatever means necessary. It triggered a worldwide debate on the ethics of journalism.

"It is not the duty of journalists to hand criminals over to the police"

N Asokan

Nakkheeran Gopal, the only regional journalist known all over India, shares two similarities with the now slain forest brigand Veerappan. One is the element of resilience ingrained in his character. The other is – as everyone can see – the trademark handlebar moustache that hides half his face.

Fear Factor

Anuradha Preetam

Once there was this man whom the neighbours and relatives called an ‘idiot’ all the time. This man, to take revenge on all those who called him so, began killing them one by one, breaking their skull, and then eating their brains.


'TV loves to sensationalise things'

Shakti Sharma

In the 80s and 90s crime reporting primarily related to property and crimes such as hurt and murder.

Media is emerging as a threat to democracy

Saurabh Kumar Shahi

Adnan Rehmat is a Pakistan-based media development specialist and a political analyst. He heads Intermedia Pakistan, which focuses on advocacy, research and training on media issues, and promotes civic action initiatives on development issues.

"The real pressure is within"

N Asokan

The aggressive ad campaign of The Hindu coincides with the change of leadership in the paper. The new editor, Siddharth Varadarajan spoke with N.Asokan about his newspaper’s agenda, after N Ram stepped down

Guest Column

The dark trail: Now and then

Satyendra Tripathi/Dilbar Goti

I have spent 15 years of my life as a crime reporter and have seen uncountable technological advancements in these years.

The Quality of Indian Media

VS Sreedhara

Writing about the entry of FDI in the retail sector and the related issue of food security, Nagesh Hegde, the noted environmentalist and Kannada writer, has made a significant observation.

International Media Watch

Just talk of War

Saurabh Kumar Shahi

Considering the column space and airtime it has taken, the story that has predominantly shaped the debate this month is the speculation on whether or not Israel will go for an unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

Monitoring the media

Monitoring the media

Parimal Peeyush

The year 2011 was special in more ways than one. It was the year that was witness to massive public uprising, a much-celebrated world cup victory, and an almost dysfunctional Parliament.

Legal Grab

Just Landed

Dhrutikam mohanty

Bhubaneswar is fast becoming a place where all; from a typist to a minister finds one plea or the other to get piece(s) of land from the government. And for this, the state president of a national political party does not hesitate to pose as a ‘farmer’.

Regional Media Watch

Regional media

Arshad Hussain/ Rantidev Sengupta

With more than 16 years of experience in print journalism, Arshad Hussain started his career as a trainee with Press Trust of India (PTI), the national news agency, in New Delhi.


Falling in Line

Shastri Ramachandaran

Working as a journalist in China’s newspapers can be an eye-opening and engaging experience, revealing unsuspected potential and unforeseen possibilities.

Tug of War

In the Times of The Hindu

N Asokan

Finally, The knife is out. India’s leading newspaper The Times of India is in an open war with The Hindu, which is also called Mahavishnu of Mount Road (The Hindu’s office is located on Mount Road, the name of which has now been changed to Anna Salai Road).

The leader in the pack


It’s not for nothing that The Times of India (ToI) is called an institution. It’s something you wake up to; something you think of when you say "newspaper”.

Media Trend Graph

Analysis of the coverage


The race for the Republican nomination is now clearly between Gingrich and Romney; other candidates still in the race are largely ignored.