How does a ‘journalist’ offer a Rs 2 crore bribe?

The stereotypical image of the Indian journalist is of a lean, mean, hungry-looking, bespectacled jholawala, with a bag slung around his scrawny neck. But that’s just for public consumption. In reality, journalists and media houses are clearly rolling in cash, not always procured in the business of peddling words.

In the 2G spectrum allocation scam, that has already seen a Union minister and several corporate honchos go behind bars, several famous scribes have found themselves on the infamous Niira Radia tapes, at least one journalist’s house has been raided, and a TV channel has been named as the recipient of the bribe money.

In other words, the lean, mean, hungry-looking, bespectacled jholawala with a bag slung around his scrawny neck, has arrived in the post-liberalised India—as an influence-peddler, monetising his access and business card.

Despite the strongarm tactics adopted by Ratan Tata‘s Tata Sons against The Times of India group with obvious commercial implications, The Economic Times continues to lead the way in its coverage of the scam. This time, Rohini Singh shines the light on the burgeoning breed of middlemen-journalists, for whom the accreditation card is, well, a gift that continues to give.

Newspaper image: courtesy The Economic Times

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Also read: What Niira Radia told PAC on Barkha Dutt chat

Have the Tatas blacklisted The Times of India again?

Four lessons in journalism from the Tatas’ chief PRO

Tamil journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia firm

2G scam bribe was diverted to Tamil TV channel

Has media credibility suffered a body blow in 2G scam?

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2 Responses to “How does a ‘journalist’ offer a Rs 2 crore bribe?”

  1. Objectivist Mantra Says:

    Media is today as big a business as telecom. The top tycoons in the media are perhaps richer than the telecom tycoons.

    I have no problem with any one being rich. If money is earned from hard work and enterprise, then it is to be appreciated.

    But the thing is that the media has become seriously compromised at the top level.

    The spectrum that is used for broadcasting TV signals is also very costly. So why are we not having any investigation on the sale or awarding of TV spectrum?

  2. Gouri Satya Says:

    Nothing surprsing! Many Journos today are crorepathies!

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