21 October, 2020

Hack's Eye View

The value of this book lies in the first-person accounts of the frustrations and achievements of journalists unearthing facts in hostile circumstances.

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Hack's Eye View
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Bhopal, Bofors, Tehelka and Nellie have come to symbolise hard-hitting, well-documented investigatory reportage, but the value of this book lies in the first-person accounts of the frustrations and achievements of journalists unearthing facts in hostile circumstances. Their efforts do not always result in big stories. Muzamil Jalil of The Indian Express, for instance, paints an invaluable picture of the limitations of reporting on Kashmir, and of the dangers of assuming that any one experience, any one version, is the whole truth.

Jalil’s contribution does not focus on any single revelatory event or disclosure. Instead, by describing the variety of interests involved in hiding or distorting facts, he enables us to read between the lines and be cautious in accepting generalised assessments of the troubled situation in Kashmir. The title, Deciphering Silence in Kashmir, encapsulates the message. This does not mean there is no scope for field reporting that illumines significant aspects of life in the Valley. His piece on following the Sufi trail in the Valley...

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