01 October, 2020

Heating The TRPs

Some news channels and newspapers freely outed the ‘Bhanwari tapes’

Heating The TRPs

It’s almost two and a half months since Bhanwari Devi, a nurse said to have been in sexual relationships with some Rajasthan politicians, disappeared mysteriously. But the CBI is yet to find any trace of her. Bhanwari is alleged to have stealthily made videos of herself in compromising positions with ministers and other powerful figures to blackmail them. Investigators believe this is what led to her disappearance. Mahipal Maderna, a minister who is seen with her in one of the videos that has surfaced, has had to resign. The whole affair, sleazy and scandalous as it is, did make for news. But did the media handle it right? Few would agree.

Some TV channels gave preference to sleaze over fact. P7, a Rajasthan news channel launched some six months ago, was perhaps the first to broadcast footage (on November 10) of Maderna and Bhanwari together. It is said to have paid a hefty amount to procure the footage. Newspapers and magazines did not lag behind. They presented the affair in graphic detail, steamy headlines...



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