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Wikileaks dumped all its file online; criticized Barkha Dutt for ‘Shoddy Journalism’

Barkha Dutt Shoddy Journalism, Wikileaks

Wikileaks dumped all its files online. There’s one file with the name ‘India Shoddy Journalism 2008, focused on the reporting of Barkha Dutt during the 26/11 Mumbai attack and Kargil War.

In the report, Wikileaks has criticized the controversial journalist Barkha Dutt (was then with NDTV) for her unethical reporting

Here’s what Wikileaks has written:

Appalling journalism. Absolute blasphemy! As I watch the news from home, I am dumbfounded to see Barkha Dutt of NDTV break every rule of ethical journalism in reporting the Mumbai mayhem ID. Take a couple of instances for example:

  • In one instance she asks a husband about his wife being stuck, or held as a hostage. The poor guy adds in the end about where she was last hiding. Aired! My dear friends with AK-47s, our national news is helping you. Go get those still in. And be sure to thank NDTV for not censoring this bit of information.
  • In another instance, a General sort of suggests that there were no hostages in Oberoi Trident. (Clever.) Then, our herione of revelations calls the head of Oberoi, and the idiot confirms a possibility of 100 or more people still in the building. Hello! Guys with guns, you’ve got more goats to slay. But before you do, you’ve got to love NDTV and more precisely Ms. Dutt. She’s your official intelligence from Ground zero.

You do not need to be a journalist to understand the basic premise of ethics, which starts with protecting victims first; and that is done by avoiding key information from being aired publicly—such as but not limited to revealing the number of possible people still in, the hideouts of hostages and people stuck in buildings. Imagine you’re one of those sorry souls holed-up in one of those bathrooms, or kitchens. A journalist pulls your kin outside and asks about your last contact on national television, and other prying details. In a bout of emotion, if they happen to reveal more details, you are sure going to hell. Remember these are hotels, where in all likelihood, every room has a television. All a terrorist needs to do is listen to Ms. Barkha Dutt’s latest achievement of extracting information from your relative, based on your last phone-call or SMS. And you’re shafted—courtesy NDTV.

During the Kargil conflict, Indian Army sources repeatedly complained to her channel that she was giving away locations in her broadcasts, thus causing Indian casualties.

Looks like the idiot journalist has not learnt anything since then. I join a number of bloggers pleading her to shut the f up.

  • Update: In fact, I am willing to believe that Hemant Karkare died because these channels showed him prepare (wear helmet, wear bullet-proof vest.) in excruciating detail live on television. And they in turn targeted him where he was unprotected. The brave officer succumbed to bullets in the neck.
  • Update 2 [28.Nov.2300hrs]: Better sense appears to have prevailed in the latter half of today—either willfully, or by Government coercion2 , and Live broadcasts are now being limited to non-action zones. Telecast of action troops and strategy is now not being aired live. Thank goodness for that.
  • Update 3 [30.Nov.1900hrs]: DNA India reports about a UK couple ask media to report carefully IL:

The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on TV. — Lynne Shaw IP in an interview.

  1. Oh, they have a lame excuse pronouncing that the television connections in the hotel has been cut, and therefore it is okay to broadcast. Like hell!
  2. I’m thinking coercion IY, since Government has just denied renewing CNN’s rights to air IU video today; must’ve have surely worked as a rude warning to the Indian domestic channels.

Earlier, a blogger named Chyetanya Kunte also criticized Barkha Dutt for her live telecast and commentary during the 26/11 attack. But was forced to delete his blog and issue an apology to Dutt and NDTV. Even the title of that blog post was same as the title of the Wikileaks report.

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