Opinion

Ethical Issues in Indian Journalism

The Indian Journalism has significantly changed in the previous 15 years. Continuous privatization and deregulation have brought about expanded excitement driven instead of open administration situated news. In spite of the fact that columnists have experienced genuine moral issues, media morals aren’t a subject that has been generally examined in Indian newsrooms and TV stations or significantly discussed. Advertising weights, the tabloidization of news, and administration and monetary weights are influencing reporting morals and issues, for example, responsibility, freedom, and irreconcilable circumstance.

We can see a lot of journalistic integrity in India that gives proof about the building ethical issues in Indian Journalism, but more as exceptions than the norm. The fact that the Indian news media is at least beginning to discuss the contours of professional conduct is a matter of joy in itself. In a sense, haven’t we come a long way from our strategic fixation on Page 3 journalism? Here are the major ethical issues that are corrupting the Indian Journalism.

1) Paid News

The first ethical issue that should be talked about is the scam of having paid news. I personally do not understand the need of paid news in the Indian Journalism section. Paid news not only food the readers or the watchers they also spread the untruth story about the people. The origin of the paid news goes back to the liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991 when the market forces that was in play and the public investments in private companies, journalists found it sometimes lucrative to write only partially true stories of companies waiting to list on the stock exchanges.

2) Opaque Private Treaties 

 Another major ethical issue that is eating up the Indian Journalism is the private treaties which you can see by the  BCCL scheme that involved private treaties by which a company would allot equity to BCCL in return for ad space, the report says. P Sainath was one journalist who exposed the nexus of political and corporate entities in the news media through such schemes. In October 2008, in the midst of stiff opposition to the government granting permission to trial runs of genetically-modified crops The Times of India ran a story about how no farmer suicides were reported from two villages that had switched to GM seeds. 

3) Blatant Blackmail
A lot of journalists break the ethics of Indian journalism by blackmailing the corrupt people like how it happened in 2012 when the senior editors of Zee News demanded Rs 100 crore from the Jindal Power and Steel Ltd. In keeping the news out about the coal scam done by them. This is the major issue of Indian Journalism that the people who are supposed to bring out the news about the corrupted people get corrupted.

4) Widening Legal Regulatory Gap

The Press Council of India has dragged its feet on addressing paid news and other unethical practices, according to the EJN report. In April 2003, a photojournalist tipped the Council off on the practice of advertisements being published as news for a fee. Instead of investigating the matter, the Council merely asked media companies to consider their how their credibility is affected, and issued guidelines they should follow to distinguish news from advertisements.

5) News Editors Joining Political Parties

Can editors be expected to work in public interest when they join political parties and serve as members of Parliament? Should well-paid senior journalists and editors be allowed to become beneficiaries of “10% flats” under government quota? (The fact is that such flats come after hard lobbying by journalists.) It is a pity that most news organizations in India do not have  and don’t enforce a Code of Conduct for journalists which is the reason of such ethical issue in Indian Journalism.

6) Telecom Scams

One more moral issue in the telecom trick has become the dominant focal point simply because Barkha and Vir are VIP writers. They have developed in amazingly poor light in their telephonic discussions with lobbyist Niira Radia, which were apparently tapped by the duty office in 2008 and 2009. Exposed by Outlook and Open magazines, these discussions are a piece of an open intrigue appeal to in the Supreme Court on the 2G range trick, bringing up essential issues about honesty in Indian news coverage.

7) Business Journalism Issues

The way I look at ethical challenges in business journalism, I don’t see them as challenges. To me, ethics in business journalism is part and parcel of business journalism. If it is posing a challenge, then it is a reflection of the system, the way we function, the way we organise, the way we do our reporting. What is really ethics? It is not really what is right or wrong, neither is it part of religious belief. Ethics is not defined by law, in fact, it even goes beyond law. It is an inherent sense of fairness, honesty and integrity. Code of conduct is not to be confused with ethics.

English dialect national daily papers would, in general, show that their models were strict and that moral infringement, exacerbated by new innovation, happened for the most part in vernacular daily papers. All in all, respondents had not heard regularly of different associations or people submitting deceptive practices, for example, literary theft and absence of attribution utilizing new innovation. In any case, a few convictions showed vulnerability about moral practice or rupture of moral standards. The discoveries of this investigation have suggestions for news-casting instruction and at work preparing of Indian writers, and in addition for detailing moral codes of news coverage, especially with respect to new media. Indian codes concentrate more on the jobs writers should play in the public eye and don't give unmistakable strategic direction to ordinary newsgathering. Combined with absence of preparing, this makes a circumstance where observations about journalistic morals are in some cases obscure and variation.