Months back a quintessential journalistic magazine called Tehelka did a wonderful cover story or rather a sting operation on the corruption somewhere in Manipur, Imphal. The cover page showed a picture by picture detail of how a civilian was murdered by the police force in the area. This fiasco raises important questions on the role of the police force in India and the corruption that is deep rooted within the system.
However, I would like to raise another important question. The journalist who took these photos was obviously well aware of the planned murder. Therefore, he positioned himself conveniently to expose the policemen who were all part of a well orchestrated group to murder the civilian. Having information of the attempts beforehand, is it not a MORAL DUTY of the journalist to foil the attempts by conveying the plans to a higher authority; in order to save a man’s LIFE? However, if the journalist were to do that it would become impossible to expose the atrocities of the respective policemen.
On the other hand the policemen are exposed and HOPEFULLY they will be punished for their crimes. But then, a life of a common man is lost in the process. If it were to be the journalist’s relative or friend would he have done it?
1.Obligation of being a moral human being and preventing the death of an innocent man.
2.Exposing the crime as it is his job and his duty as a journalist, not to forget that this is the only way he can earn money for a living?
Do let me know what you think :-)