All the channels have been outraged or are at least pretending to be outraged over what Arvind Kejriwal said. They contend that Kejriwal has threatened to send all journalists to jail. Here is the video.
In the video he says “Agar Hamari Kabhi Bhi Sarkar Bani To Hum Iski Jhaanch Karwayenge Aur Media Valo Samet Sab Ko Jail Bheja Jayega”. Now he says this after alleging that some media has been paid to give all positive coverage to Narendra Modi. Now he does mention “Jhaanch Karwayenge” which all the media channels seem to be very conveniently ignoring. It means we will have it investigated. And what does that imply? It means that those who have been found guilty by that investigation will be sent to jail including people from media. Now what is so wrong with that statement? Are they implying that they have blanket immunity and that they should not be investigated at all? If some media channel is found to be taking money from some politician/party and providing only made up positive coverage and no negative coverage for him and his party while doing the opposite for others then should they not be punished? If someone says that we will have this investigated then why is all of the media worried? If they have not done anything wrong why should they be worried at all?
Now Is there any truth to Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations about Paid Media? Or is this just some publicity stunt as his critics say?
Watch this reverse sting where Zee News head Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business head Samir Ahluwalia can be seen blackmailing and trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) for not airing negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scam. When something like this happens one would expect that Zee News will fire these two but Sudhir Chaudhary who is on bail is still with Zee News and Zee News filed a defamation case instead. “Police registered a fresh case of forgery against Mr Chaudhary for telecasting in October 2012 a show titled “Media ka sauda” and showing on screen what they claimed to be a part of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report but were found to be forged.” Link And he is on twitter link pretending to be honest and tweeting against Arvind Kejriwal.
Watch this documentary The Open Frame
And lastly according to this PRESS COUNCIL Sub-Committee Report
“The phenomenon of ―paid news goes beyond the corruption of individual journalists and media companies. It has become pervasive, structured and highly organized and in the process, is undermining democracy in India.”
“The entire operation is clandestine. This malpractice has become widespread and now cuts across newspapers and television channels, small and large, in different languages and located in various parts of the country. What is worse, these illegal operations have become ―organized and involve advertising agencies and public relations firms, besides journalists, managers and owners of media companies. Marketing executives use the services of journalists willingly or otherwise to gain access to political personalities. So called rate cards or packages are distributed that often include rates for publication of news items that not merely praise particular candidates but also criticize their political opponents. Candidates who do not go along with such extortionist practices on the part of media organizations are denied coverage.”
“When confronted with circumstantial evidence that substantiate allegations of paid news, the standard reaction of individuals and representatives of media organizations accused of corrupt practices is to pretend that nothing untoward has happened since the evidence is circumstantial in nature. The typical response of representatives of political parties as well as media organizations who have been named and against whom specific allegations of corruption have been levelled, is to flatly deny these allegations.”
The report itself has Dr Madabhushi Sridhar, Professor, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research say this about media “Initiation of proceedings for prosecution against media personnel and media companies could prove to be more effective than the Press Council of India issuing strictures and admonishments against errant media personnel and giving these wide publicity, Dr Sridhar opines.”Articles Arvind Kejriwal Exclusive