TRPs over National Security?
The charge sheet filed by the Mumbai police on 15th January in the TRP Scam case includes excerpts from the WhatsApp chat between Republic TV’s Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and ex Broadcast Audience Research Council(BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta. The chargesheet got leaked after which the media and the opposition lashed at the editor and the government. The chats reveal that the ex BARC Chief is purportedly seen to be misusing his position to help his friend Arnab.
What is in these chats?
These chats allegedly exhibit that Arnab had prior knowledge of the Balakot airstrike and the scrapping of Article 370. Hours after the Pulwama attack on 14th February 2019, Arnab had texted Partho “This attack we have won like crazy.” The Editor was seen to be elated by such a horrendous act because it helped his channel gain viewers. He has purportedly mentioned the support of various ministers in the Government and also named a few.
How has the public reacted?
Citizens are expressing shock and dismay via various social media platforms. NSUI national secretary Roshan Lal Bittu has filed a complaint against Arnab accusing him of being ‘ a treacherous person’. Bittu while talking to The Print said: “Since there is already an ongoing investigation into the fake TRP matter, in this complaint we are specifically asking the police to also look into the national security breach,”. A protest was launched in Delhi by the youth congress which has named this fiasco as ‘ArnabGate’. They demand an inquiry into this matter. The opposition has lashed out at Arnab and they demand that action is taken against him.
These leaked chats raise serious questions on the sanctity of media in the country. A lot of people have found Arnab’s actions unprofessional and in bad faith. The fact that a journalist is aware of such sensitive military information and he chooses to share it for personal gains is appalling. This is a very sensitive issue and needs to be dealt with utmost care as it is a matter of National Security.
This article has been written by Manasi Barve for The Paradigm
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