Editors are looking for ways to deal with the ethical questions thrown up by the Nira Radia tapes controversy.
They met at the Press Club of Delhi on Friday and discussed what they needed to do in the wake of tape disclosures casting a shadow on the role of journalists in the 2G spectrum scandal. The transcripts suggest Barkha Dutt of NDTV and Vir Sanghvi of Hindustan Times were mediating between the DMK and the Congress during the formation of the central cabinet, but both journalists have said they were just humouring a source.
Vinod Mehta, executive editor of the Outlook group, said he was not convinced that a new code of conduct had to be evolved for journalists. It was wrong of journalists, even with the existing norms, to have cosied up to Nira Radia.
Rajdeep Sardesai, chairman of the Editors Guild of India, said many issues needed to be discussed and guidelines evolved. He said what was worrying was the proximity of journalists to corporate houses and politicians. HeRead More »from Radia tapes prompt editors to discuss ethics