Thursday, September 6, 2012

ప్రధాని కార్యాలయం vs 'వాషింగ్టన్ పోస్ట్' రిపోర్టర్

 భారత ప్రధాన మంత్రి పని తీరు ను విశ్లే షిస్తూ నిన్న టి సం చికలో  'వాషింగ్టన్ పోస్ట్' ప్రచురించిన వ్యాసం మీద ఆసక్తి కరమైన చర్చ జరుగుతున్నది. మన్మోహన్ వెర్షన్ లేకుండా వ్యాసం రాసారని, అది ఎల్లో జర్నలిజం అని ప్రధాని కార్యాలయం పేర్కొనగా...తాను ఎన్ని సార్లు అడిగినా ఇంటర్వ్యూ  ఇవ్వలేదని, అధికారులూ స్పందించలేదని పోస్ట్ ఇండియా బ్యూరో చీఫ్ Simon Denyer (పై ఫోటో) స్పష్టం చేసారు.  

"The Underachiever" అనే కవర్ స్టోరీతో టైమ్స్ మాగజీన్ మన్మోహన్ ను దూదేకిన కొన్ని రోజులకే అమెరికన్ దిన పత్రిక ఒకటి ఇలా విరుచుకు పడడడం కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీకి మింగుడు పడడం లేదు.   

బాధ్యతాయుతమైన విలేకరులు వివరణల కోసం ప్రయత్నిస్తే....అటు పక్క ఉన్న వారు సరిగా స్పందించకపోతే...పరిస్థితి ఇలానే వుంటుంది మరి. 'పైన పేర్కొన్న వ్యాసానికి సంబంధించి వివరణ కోసం ఇంటర్వ్యూ అడిగినా ఇప్పుడు కుదరదని అన్నారు ప్రధాని. అందుకే ఆయన వివరణ ఇవ్వలేక పోతున్నాం...," అని Simon Denyer తన వ్యాసంలో పేర్కొని వుంటే బాగుండేదేమో.

వాషింగ్టన్ పోస్ట్ వ్యాసం మీద ప్రధాన మంత్రి కార్యాలయం చేసిన ఫిర్యాదు, దానికి ఆ పత్రిక ఇండియా బ్యూరో చీఫ్ Simon Denyer వివరణ ఇలా వున్నాయి. 


The following is a letter from the Prime Minister’s office:
Dear Simon,
We do not complain about criticism of the government which is a journalist’s right. But I am writing this letter for pointing out unethical and unprofessional conduct at your part.
I would like to put on record my complaint about your article which was published today on many counts:
— Despite all lines of conversations open, you never got in touch with us for our side of the story though you regularly talk to me about information from the PMO. This story thus becomes totally one sided.
— You have been telling the media here in India that your request for an interview was declined though the mail below says clearly that the interview was declined “till the Monsoon Session” of the Parliament which gets over in two days.
— When I rang you up to point this out, you said sorry twice though you tell the media here that you never apologised.
— Your website where we could have posted a reply is still not working, 11 hours after you said sorry the third time for its inaccessibility.
— The former Media Adviser to the PM Dr Sanjaya Baru has complained that you “rehashed and used” an 8 month old quote from an Indian Magazine.
We expected better from the correspondent of the Washington Post for fair and unbiased reporting.
Without going into your one sided assessment of the Prime Minister’s performance, as comment is free in journalism, I hope you will carry this communication in full in your paper and your website so your readers can judge for themselves what is the truth.
Sincerely
Pankaj Pachauri
Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office
New Delhi - India

ఈ లేఖకు రిపోర్టర్ రాసిన సమాధానం ఇలా వుంది. 


Thanks for your comments. I wanted to respond point-by-point:
— I requested an interview with the PM on three occasions, and also with T.K.A Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister, and with Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Those requests were either ignored or declined.
— When I made my final request for an interview with the PM in July, I was told on July 30 “The PM has declined all interview requests till the Monsoon session is over.” At that stage the current session of parliament (known as the Monsoon session) of parliament had not even begun. There was no mention of the possibility of an interview afterwards. In any case my story touches on the fact that parliament has been adjourned every day throughout the current session by opposition calls for the PM to resign, which is a story I felt should be told, interview or not.
Indeed, we remain extremely interested in speaking to the prime minister.
— My apology was for the fact that the website was down and the PM’s office could not post a reply directly. As soon as the problem was fixed, I informed them. I stand by the story.
— I spoke to Dr Baru personally on the telephone during the reporting for the story. He confirmed that these sentiments were accurate.
Regards,
Simon Denyer

వ్యాసం మీద సవరణ ప్రచురించిన వాషింగ్టన్ పోస్ట్ 

అయితే...నిన్నటి వ్యాసం (India's 'silent' prime minster becomes a tragic figure) మీద వాషింగ్టన్ పోస్ట్ ఒక సవరణ ప్రచురించింది ఈ రోజున.

ఆ వ్యాసంలో వాడుకున్న రెండు ముఖ్యమైన వ్యాఖ్యలను ఎక్కడి నుంచి తీసుకున్నదీ చెప్పకపోవడం తప్పే అని ఒప్పుకున్నది. ఆ సవరణ ఇలా వుంది.


Correction: 
An earlier version of this article failed to 
credit the Caravan, an Indian magazine, for two statements that it originally published in 2011. The assertion by Sanjaya Baru, a former media adviser, that Singh had become an object of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life first appeared in the Caravan, as did an assertion by Ramachandra Guha, a political historian, that Singh was handicapped by his “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.” While both men told The Post that the assertions could accurately be attributed to them, the article should have credited the Caravan when it used or paraphrased the remarks. 
The article has been updated.

3 comments:

SNKR said...

Unfortunately, what WP published is not far from the facts.

Everything cannot be managed with ‘silence’, the mauni baaba should be aware of that. He can’t be a mute spectator to mega scams by his cabinet colleagues, top officers and party men.

PM should have remained silent, ignoring the report. It was wise to enter into arguement with a foreign reporter, and make him feel great. Now, that guy is dragging it more saying he didn't get interview in time, so he went ahead to write whatever he liked! – typical arrogance of Americans.

Whatever, PMO failed to be silent where it was required. :)

కమనీయం said...


We can judge our P.M.and U.P.A. Govt.ourselves and we need not give too much importance to the writings of American journalists.But I wish to add that our P.M. should be more communicative with not only the media but with people in general.Ultimately people willGIVE THEIR VERDICT ,but a good leader must explain his policies.

Unknown said...

Any article should be given importance regardless of the country of origin. Are we being played by EGO politics here so that we can ignore that article and debate more on media ethics ? compared to Indian media ethics who make 1000 violations everyday, this is far better. so better concentrate on that damn coal gate rather than this rat hole.