TITLE: MEDIA AND RADIA
Last year’s biggest controversy in the Manmohan Singh Government was that of Nira Radia’s controversial tapes. The 2G scam highlighted the involvement of big corporate like the Ambani and the Tata group. The tapping of Nira Radia’s phones by Income Tax department tappe Radia’s phone lines for 300 days in 2008-09, as part of its investigations into alleged large scale money laundering, tax evasion and financial malpractices by Nira Radia may be taken as invasion of privacy but it unveiled the bitter truth about lobbying at par with journalism. Radia tapes controversy is about the involvement of nira radia in the planning of the news with some of very well known faces in the field of journalism. In the controversy the people involved from the media are Barkha Dutt, group editor, English News Channel, NDTV 24x7, Vir Sanghvi, editorial adviser, Hindustan Times, Prabhu Chawla, editor, language editions, India Today magazine and Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor in Chief CNN-IBN. There were many other official bureaucrats and industrialists involved in these controversy. But after the tapes were published there was a question raised on the credibility of the news media. In the mainstream media there was total blackout in the nira radia tapes controversy as the many huge and famous names from journalistic fieled were involved in the telephonic conversation with nira radia. They were found out discussing many things related to 2g scam and the cabinet discussions. After these tapes were published to the people and media, media showed the least interest in this news. But the first ever article was published about the radia controversy and media practices is done by the investigative journalist J.Gopikrishnan of The Pioneer. The title to this report was “Tapped Trapped” on april 28,2010. This article talked about the involvement of nira radia and A.Raja in 2G scam. On November 29, 2010, the Outlook magazine ran a cover story and published transcripts of the...
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