IBN7 fired its associate editor, Pankaj Srivastava, late yesterday. And that, dear friends, has brought to the fore the ugly truth of the media. Of course, you knew that media is ugly, didn’t you?
The sacking of Pankaj Srivastava actually unmasks the vicious cycle of political pandering at play in leading media houses of the country – something that should be a cause of concern for freedom of speech and free press in a democratic nation such as ours.
Srivastava objected to the misleading and biased news that his channel, IBN7, was carrying against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
He conveyed his concern in a message to deputy managing editor Sumit Awasthi sent twice.
He was sacked soon after.
To the uninitiated, IBN7 is a news channel of the Network18 group, which is owned by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited – another bête noire to Arvind Kejriwal.
If a media person is fired for demanding unbiased coverage then we must say Indian media has found its idol.
By the way, the editor-in-chief of IBN7 is Umesh Upadhyay, brother of Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay. Arvind Kejriwal had recently alleged to a nexus between Satish Upadhyay and power distribution companies in Delhi.
TV18 Broadcast Ltd. had fired 200-300 employees in 2013, reducing its citizen journalism team to almost half its size. Later, eminent journalists such as Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh were forced to quit.
Pankaj Srivastava now appeals for your help. He can be reached at 0-9873014510.