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Media Ethics and The Tehelka Operation<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0112
Media Ethics and The Tehelka Operation1

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Tehelka.com's exposé of bribery and corruption in military deals in India led to the resignation of George Fernandes as defence minister, and prompted others implicated in the scandal to cry 'ethics'. The case indeed has ethical implications and raises several pertinent questions: Can a journalist seeking an interview still be trusted? What are the circumstances that will justify subterfuge in the course of a journalist's work? What constitutes public interest? Who will police this scandal? Investigative journalism is certainly not the same as a press interview. The tehelka.com case has a precedent that bears directly on it, and is fully covered in a ruling by the British Press Complaints Commission. The Commission is not a statutory body, but rather a full self-regulatory body tasked to uphold and enforce a code of conduct formulated by journalists themselves.

Keywords: Tehelka; exposé; corruption; India; journalists; military deals; code of conduct; ethics; investigative journalism; public interest

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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