An Appeal to Friends in the Media

A veteran journalist writes to his friends in the media on NDTV

Is it Media Mafia screeching Freedom of Speech in the NDTV probe?
Is it Media Mafia screeching Freedom of Speech in the NDTV probe?

Friends,

A dangerous development is taking place in the Indian media scene with NDTV crying hoarse from the rooftops that media freedom is being endangered by the Modi government. The channel started crying wolf when the Central Bureau of Investigation raided the premises of its founders Prannoy n Radhika Roy.

The Roys do not have a word in defence of the mass of evidence that Sree Iyer and S Gurumurthy, two perfectly qualifed gentlemen, have put it in the public domain in support of their allegation of humongous fraud. The links to their incisive writings are on their names above on the issue, which are a must read for anyone interested in knowing the truth.

A media giant has a cell through which one can plug any event, film or celebrity by paying money upfront.

Instead of refuting the charges, NDTV has chosen to hide behind the fig leaf of media freedom. Psuedo secularists in the media and in the political establishment have predictably joined the chorus. If they have an iota of commitment to facts they will not come in defence of NDTV. Instead they would demand a more thorough inquiry into the allegations.

What the CBI has unearthed is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. By the way, the allegations against the channel were made first by M J Akbar well before he joined the BJP and then a formal complaint was lodged with the CBI by a shareholder of the channel when Modi did not have the faintest clue that he was going to be the PM.

In fact, the NDTV episode should mark the beginning of a detailed exercise into the working of large media houses who are bending and breaking every rule in the book, blackmailing businessmen into coughing crores of rupees by way of extortion, getting huge land parcels from politicians in return for turning a blind eye into their rackets, forward-trading ad space by forcing corporates and real estate developers into signing so-called “private treaties.” A media giant has a cell through which one can plug any event, film or celebrity by paying money upfront.

The time has come to put these large media houses under the scanner by bringing them under the purview of the Right to Information law. After all don’t they enjoy huge government subsidies in one form or the other.

It is the media mafia which poses the biggest threat to Indian democracy and not Narendra Modi.

Note:
1. Text in Blue points to additional data on the topic.
2. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

S Balakrishnan
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8 COMMENTS

  1. A really honest person , if falsely accused will never try and make a big show in front of the world to prove that he is innocent , like Pranoy Roy is doing.
    Because NDTV is guilty and has a lot to hide ,Pranoy Roy and his team are making such a lot of noise in their defence.
    An upright person remains calm and quite because of his moral strength.
    Where as a liar will shout from the roof top trying to convince the world that he is innocent. It is simple psychology.

  2. Media with its yellow journalism has attained the notoriety as one of the most corrupt institutions in India receiving foreign funding to destabilize India by negatively influencing public opinion. Some foreign countries and vested interests do not want India to achieve any economic progress so they foment disinformation through corrupt media outlets and spread false rumor and doctored video and audio clips. Some of the Politicians to achieve their political goals do not hesitate to use anti national methods to destabilize an elected government.Foreign funding agencies like Ford Foundation, Rockfeller Foundation, Some religious organizations financing jihadist ideology, some Christian Clergy backed organizations are all financing such organizations sometimes secretly or sometime camouflaged as Awards, Citations etc.mainly for conversions. The leftists are also financing Naxalites and Maoists for creating violence among st ignorant tribal population and with the active logistic cum financial support for smuggling arms and ammunition through foreign powers and those indulging in illegal mining. The corrupt media is selective in its coverage to suit its agenda.

  3. Media mafia n Aazadi mafia r together n needs to be. Eliminated. Beginning has started with NDTV. Individually, journos. Should be finished.

  4. Real irony
    It is the press like Pgurus identify and tell the public about NDTV fraud
    CBI comes later
    why there is no freedom to press?

  5. What’s your ‘appeal’? If at all ‘appeal’ is to be made it should be to Modi
    ——————————————————————————
    Mr. Balakrishnan, You commenced your article with the title – ‘An Appeal to Friends in the Media’ – narrated a sequence of shady & criminal activities committed by the Roys & abruptly wrapped up the article without divulging what is your ‘appeal’ to the ‘friends in the media’.

    The golden line in your article – “The time has come to put these large media houses under the scanner by bringing them under the purview of the Right to Information law” – seems to be the only ‘appeal’ you have made – but that should be an ‘appeal’ made to the Government in power

    I fully agree with your contention – “The Roys do not have a word in defence of the mass of evidence that Sree Iyer and S Gurumurthy, two perfectly qualifed gentlemen, have put it in the public domain in support of their allegation of humongous fraud.”

    But Narendra Modi is equally responsible for the total lack of efficacious action against the UPA-MAFIA GROUP which makes me wonder whether Modi too is a complicit in their nefarious activities.
    1. The COAL SCAM prosecution is a total sham – in that the ‘second most gruesome villain of the UPA GANG’, Manmohan has not been chargesheeted. There is absolutely no doubt Manmohan is being protected under some latent shady deal.
    2.No swift & dexterous action has been taken till date to arraign the ‘most gruesome villain of the UPA GANG’ – Chidambaram. When things got too hot & pressure mounted – predominantly due to the prodding by PGurus – on the Govt to show some proactive initiative against the Chidambarams, pretentious notices under the toothless FEMA were sent to Karti which too were ignored brazenly & heedlessly by him with no follow up action.
    3. Till date not a single Charge sheet or FIR has been filed against any of the shady deals by Chidambaram.
    4. The Corrupt Pawar family has not only been left untouched but has been venerated with a Padma award.

  6. Sir why are you not help me what is region explain it sir ,l am saying lot of time I want to meet Subramanian Swamy Jee. But l have very upset

  7. And watching the big media houses tip toe around this story is ridiculous. They will do anything to sell stories; misquote, exajurate, harass.
    But will carefully ignore any criticism if another media house engaging in illegal activity. It is OK for them to dish out their self riotous comments, but when someone comes with facts to question their activities, then they shout how dare you. Hipocracy.

  8. And watching the domestic media houses run to the international media houses and getting them to peddle their lies is atrocious to watch.
    Hopefully by bringing down a sledgehammer on one media house will scare the others to stop their illegal activities and money laundering.

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