At last the Press Trust of India’s (PTI) Editor-in-Chief Vijay Joshi is caught by the Lok Sabha authorities for making false claims of his journalistic experience to get a permanent pass having a Radio Frequency (RF) Tag. Last week, the Press Advisory Committee withheld his permanent pass and directed him to undergo mandatory Parliament reporting experience for two consecutive sessions. So as per the decision, Vijay Joshi will get only temporary session pass and will have to cover two sessions with the temporary pass to get qualified for the permanent pass.
Is it fair for the PTI Editor-in-Chief to play such tricks? How can one expect fairness and truthfulness of news when such persons head premier news agency like PTI, which was earlier seen as a trusted news source?
PGurus on November 13 detailed the fraud committed Vijay Joshi in getting the permanent pass by making false claims on his experience in covering Parliament. Vijay Joshi actually never covered Parliament and was serving in the Desk of PTI and in 1989, he left PTI to join Associated Press Singapore office. He joined back PTI in February 2017 straight as Editor-in-Chief with the blessings of the outgoing head MK Razdan by sidelining many seniors in the organization.
In his application to Lok Sabha, Joshi claimed that he covered Parliament during 1991 to 1994. This was a total lie as he was not in India during that period and came back to India only in February 2017. Actually, Joshi left India in 1989, say veteran PTI journalists, who worked at that time. Though some members of the Press Advisory Committee of Lok Sabha sought Joshi to produce his Passport and urged for initiating criminal action, Chairman DP Kamath was gracious and said that the issue should be sorted out internally and not embarrass PTI, the premier news agency of the country.
The Committee decided to withhold the permanent pass and directed Vijay Joshi to undergo mandatory coverage of three Sessions of Parliament. As Joshi had already covered the previous Session, the Committee directed him to cover Parliament’s forthcoming two Sessions on a temporary pass. It is learnt that earlier Vijay Joshi tried to play the same trick with Rajya Sabha too and they also rejected his application.
Is it fair for the PTI Editor-in-Chief to play such tricks? How can one expect fairness and truthfulness of news when such persons head premier news agency like PTI, which was earlier seen as a trusted news source? Now PTI is caught with so much fake news recently and even started misquoting and wrongly quoting many people, including the Union Ministers.
Though Vijay Joshi is saved from criminal cases due to the gracious nature of the Press Advisory Committee of Lok Sabha, the question that hangs fire is the nature or pettiness of the people leading news organizations.
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