Home Opinions Was Editors Guild more upset about arrest of Prashant Kanojia than murder of DD cameraman?

Was Editors Guild more upset about arrest of Prashant Kanojia than murder of DD cameraman?

Many thanks to the Hon. SC for clarifying the meaning of Article 14. While apologies might be required for Facebook posts, it seems they are not required for Twitter posts. Get it?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental pillar of democracy. It’s a non-negotiable. Whether it is a BJP worker arrest in West Bengal or a liberal “journalist” arrested in Uttar Pradesh, speech should never be prosecuted, criminally or otherwise (with obvious exceptions for credible threats of violence).

Period.

That said, the intensity of people’s reaction generally varies depending on the magnitude of what has gone wrong. For example, a murder on the road in broad daylight might get people all riled up. Someone crossing the same road without waiting for the signal, while also wrong, would probably not cause as much of a reaction.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

Let me share with you, therefore, the statement made by the Editor’s Guild of India about the arrest of journalist Prashant Kanojia in Uttar Pradesh.

Untitled.png

Authoritarian misuse of laws

Brazen misuse of law

Condemnable misuse of law

The Editor’s Guild insisted on making its point known by repeating essentially the same expression three times!

An unequivocal, no holds barred, stinging statement spanning four full paragraphs and 291 words. All governments in power need to read this.

Now let me show you the statement issued by the same set of people at the Editor’s Guild when a Doordarshan cameraman was murdered by leftists in Chhattisgarh last year.

Untitled.png

Wow, that is heartfelt!

One measly paragraph. That’s not a lot of paragraphs.

And 93 words. That’s less than one-third of the 291 words that the statement in support of Prashant Kanojia got.

Notice how the victim who was murdered by leftists is only referred to as “cameraperson of Doordarshan”. If this unfortunate victim had a name, the Editors Guild certainly could not be bothered enough to find out what it was. In contrast, Kanojia’s name is mentioned multiple times in the June 9 statement.

And notice how the second statement does not contain the word “condemn” anywhere. Apparently, the Editors’ Guild did not find that necessary. However, the statement on Kanojia did call the police action a “condemnable misuse of law”.

And when you read the one paragraph statement about the murdered DD cameraman, it becomes even more clear just how little thought they put into it.

The Editors Guild offered “condolences to the deceased”. What does that even mean? The condolence usually goes to the family and friends of the deceased and not the deceased themselves!!! It’s the sort of embarrassing grammar mistake that happens when someone is writing a half-hearted statement, without thinking. And doesn’t care enough about the whole thing to spend 30 seconds proofreading what has been written.

You tell me: what do you think the Editors Guild cares about more? A DD cameraman getting murdered by Naxals. Or a “journalist” arrested in UP over a tweet?

In order to have a thriving democracy, it is important that respected institutions such as the Editors Guild be always seen as fair and even-handed. And I would suggest that the Editors Guild learns from the most respectable of our institutions: the Hon. Supreme Court.

Here is the view of the Hon. Supreme Court in the case of BJP worker Priyanka Sharma arrested over a Facebook post.

Untitled.png

And now here is the Hon. SC deciding on the case of Prashant Kanojia arrested over a tweet.

Untitled.png

And here is Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which promises Equality before the law.

Untitled.png

Many thanks to the Hon. SC for clarifying the meaning of Article 14. While apologies might be required for Facebook posts, it seems they are not required for Twitter posts. Get it?

Everyone, including the Editors Guild, can learn something here.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

The reportage of Aaj Tak journalist Anjana Om Kashyap and TV Bharatvarsh journalist Ajit Anjum raised concerns of how bullish and high-handed the media was being with unsuspecting doctors who were only doing their job.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Uttar Pradesh: Rampur Police shoots Nazil, accused of abducting, raping and killing a 6-year-old girl

Disturbingly, such incidents of sexual abuse against children have become rampant in India

Tausif Imran Khan repeatedly raped class X girl in Vadodara, took her to religious places to brainwash and convert her

19-year-old Tausif Imran Khan, a class XII student who lived in Manjalpur, has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for sexually exploiting a minor.
Evangelists going jobless

Evangelists left jobless after Modi government’s crackdown on foreign funds, Pentecostals in Kerala severely affected

Pastors are unable to repay their loans as they stopped receiving their monthly salary for their gospel work

When you don’t understand cricket, don’t tweet, else you’d sound like this journalist from The Print

Jyoti Malhotra, a journalist at the Print, which often peddles fake news, wore the hat of a cricketing expert during the India-Afghanistan World Cup match on Saturday.

Rahul Gandhi planning a nation-wide stir over ‘EVM hacking’, may boycott assembly polls: Report

Rahul Gandhi, the current President of the Congress party is planning to launch a non-cooperation movement against the PM Modi led Central government. 

Sidhu’s rant comes back to haunt: Posters in Ludhiana ask him to keep his promise of quitting politics if Rahul Gandhi loses Amethi

In one of the biggest overturns in this Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi had lost from his home turf to BJP' Smriti Irani by 55,120 votes

West Bengal violence: 3 BJP workers, including a 14 year old boy shot for chanting Jai Shree Ram, BJP slams Mamata

The political violence in the state of West Bengal continues unchecked as according to BJP, 3 workers have been shot by the police in Panchasayar in Bankura district for chanting Jai Shree Ram.

No Prakash Javadekar, ‘Jai Shree Ram’ is not an ‘Indian cheer’, it’s a manifestation of the Hindu faith. Don’t cheapen it

Unless the remainder of the interview to Times Now which is yet to be released gives a different picture of Javadekarr's answer, he came off as a defensive, confused man who couldn't stand by his or his party's faith.

Assam: Sidul Islam sends intimate photos with wife to in-laws, threatens to release on social media if dowry not given

Muslim man in Assam blackmails in-laws for dowry threating to release intimate photos with his own wife
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

171,715FansLike
150,887FollowersFollow
70,202SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post