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From 50 Years Ago: Many Faces of Objectivity

Vol IV, No 47 NOVEMBER 22, 1969

Many Faces of Objectivity

Nireekshak

Journalists, like everyone else, have the right to political choices as between parties and personalities, and even between factions within parties. Were editors and reporters to emulate the famous simian trio, or otherwise affect a pose of godlike impartiality in all matters — assuming, of course, that god can be impartial — news­papers would soon be reduced to telephone directories. Yet a journalist makes his choice with discrimination and without rancour, or is expected to do so. For, though there is nothing in the Constitution or the ethics of his own
profession which debars him from being as fierce a partisan as any salesman of a particular brand of toothpaste, a journalist is none-the-less expected to keep objectivity as his watchword at all times. …

While a diplomat or an insurance agent may choose to remain tight-lipped in moments of crisis, and even enhance his credibility thereby, newspapers — and that means editors in this context — are expected to exercise their right of free speech, especially in times of crisis. …

On the morning of November 3, which was a Monday, following the weekend meetings of the Congress Working Committee which the Prime Minister and her associates boycotted (thus formalising the split in the party), neither Indian Express nor Hindu had a word of comment in its editorial columns.

Updated On : 22nd Nov, 2019

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