लोक लेखा समिति (पीएसी) की रिपोर्ट के हवाले से द हिंदू अखबार में एक खबर प्रकाशित हुई है. Scribe admits ‘unprofessional’ work शीर्षक से. J. Balaji लिखित इस खबर में बताया गया है कि राडिया से बातचीत करके फंसे दिग्गज पत्रकारों में से एक ने समिति के आगे स्वीकार किया कि राडिया से बातचीत में जो आचरण था, वह पत्रकारीय नैतिकता के लिहाज से कतई ईमानदार नहीं था. उस पत्रकार ने स्वीकार किया कि उसका आचरण बिलकुल अनप्रोफेशनल था.
द हिंदू में प्रकाशित खबर में यह कहीं नहीं लिखा गया है कि पत्रकार का नाम क्या है, लेकिन हम लोग यहां अंदाजा जरूर लगा सकते हैं कि वो पत्रकार कौन था. ये है संक्षिप्त लिस्ट राडिया से बातचीत करने वालों पत्रकार के नाम की…. Barkha Dutt (NDTV), Vir Sanghvi (Hindustan Times), Prabhu Chawla (then India Today), K. Venugopal (Hindu Business Line), Rahul Joshi (Economic Times), M.K. Venu (then Economic Times), Jaideep Bose (The Times of India), Surajeet Das Gupta (Business Standard), G. Ganapathy Subramaniam (Economic Times), Navika Kumar (Times Now), Jehangir Pocha (NewsX), V. Shankkar Aiyar (then India Today)….
आइए, अब द हिंदू में प्रकाशित खबर पढ़ते हैं-
Scribe admits ‘unprofessional’ work
J. Balaji, NEW DELHI, April 28, 2011
A senior journalist, who was recently caught in the Radia tapes lobbying along with some other journalists for some important persons vis-à-vis 2G spectrum controversy, admitted what they did was “utterly unprofessional.”
The draft report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which went into the spectrum allocation deal, claimed under the heading “role of media and whistleblowers”: “When the committee sought the response of a senior journalist about these taped conversations, he candidly deposed that what they [journalists] did was utterly unprofessional. He conceded that journalists do speak to various sources as it is their job to fathom out and reveal the truth but they ought not to get involved in lobbying for anyone and certainly the taped conversations show that they transgressed the line of propriety – the ‘Lakshman Rekha.’”
The report went on to state that, more so, senior journalists as they were, they knew when they made such a transgression. The committee believed that no journalist who valued self-reputation, credibility and treasured the freedom of the media would ever indulge in an act incompatible with the professional norms of journalistic conduct.
The PAC appreciated the “exemplary professional job” done by some journalists, including those belonging to a news magazine, for exposing the 2G spectrum allocation irregularities.
The committee also congratulated the whistleblowers for their role and recommended that “being the willing and selfless benefactors of the nation, the whistleblowers be extended appropriate and effective statutory protection from harassment, intimidation, demotion, physical or financial harm etc as an integral part of the multi-pronged strategy to bring greater transparency and probity in the conduct of public affairs.”