Behaving like a political leader

Experts say that you are not here (Journalism) to merely make a living or you should believe in mission of journalism. But for many, this profession gives the chance to fulfill their ambition.

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Recently, chief minister of Bengal and the supremo of Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) announced the names of four candidates including three journalists for Rajy Sabha (House of the People). Yesterday, they filed their nomination in presence of Mamata Banarjee.
During election campaigning for the assembly election in 2010, Kunal Ghosh involved in campaigning for the TMC. He is very close to Mamata.According to insiders, she selected two other journalists to appease minority and Hindi speaking community in Bengal. Kunal is associated with a newspaper and a news channel. In news studio, he is behaving like a TMC leader and splits venom against Communist party of India (Marxist) leaders.
The previous Left Front government controlled or favored some TV channels and newspapers. Aajkal, a Bengali language newspaper dubbed as an unofficial mouthpiece of CPI(M). After TMC led by Mamata Banarjee came to power after 34 years of Left Front rule, Sambad Pratidin another Bengali daily plays the same role.In fact, Media monopoly is a worrying trend in Bengal.Political interests led to further monopolization of private media.
According to International journalists network (Ijnet):
Many U.S. news organizations have policies discouraging journalists from revealing political affiliations outside of work for the sake of safeguarding the organization’s impartiality. For instance, many U.S. newspapers do not allow reporters to voice their opinions publicly, march in demonstrations, volunteer in political campaigns, wear political buttons, or attach bumper stickers to their cars….On the other hand, at many other news organizations around the world, some journalists are essentially advocates for political parties, in many cases hired by a news organization because of their affiliation.
In my opinion, Journalists have every right to promote a certain political view but if they want to make a political carrier, he should or must quit the profession and join politics.


About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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