I guess by now most of you have seen the footage of Prashant Bhushan being beaten up in front of Times Now's proud TV cameras. I, however don't have a television (I am more and more convinced of our decision) so I had to wait for Times NOW's print sibling Times of India to see the photo series of the aggression.
|Here is a scan of the print version I first saw - TOI|
When I watched the video I was very disturbed. My mind was filled with questions, concerns and an uneasiness that has not left me yet.
I wanted to raise some of my questions here:
1. On Media Ethics and the role of Media in a society
Times NOW is supposed to have been doing an interview of Prashant Bhushan when the attack happened. So there was at least one videographer and one journalist on the scene - a man is getting beaten up and nobody stops the aggressors.
Are Television Rating Points (TRP) = MONEY the only thing that drives our Media today? What is their role in society? Should they not have done something to protect a man who is being assaulted?
FYI - The HOOT is in their own words
The subcontinent has plenty of media, it does not have enough scrutiny of the media. This portal is the outcome of the concern felt by a group of practicing journalists at some recent trends in journalism in this part of the world. It is an attempt to revive a concern for media ethics, restore focus on development in the subcontinent, and preserve press freedom.
2. From a more Existential - Humanitarian angle
How were the videographer and the journalist able to stand there and film/watch this without intervening? I could barely watch the video.
Are we as a society becoming more and more tolerant of aggression, violence and injustice, so much so that we can stand and watch a man/woman being beaten up. Do we care more about our job responsibilities than our moral responsibilities? (i.e assuming that their job as journalists required them not to intervene - some journalist is going to have to clarify that point for me) Obviously this generalizes to other social issues too.
What do you think?