Discussion:
Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
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Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:00:07 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm

Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:13:52 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm


Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar


For scans of the email trail, pls click here.
https://www.facebook.com/mayabhushan/media_set?set=a.10152494524822224.1073741831.617092223&type=1
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-06 14:44:28 UTC
Permalink
Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offencehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paid-news-EC-wants-it-to-be-made-electoral-offence/articleshow/31469349.cms


Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-06 14:44:28 UTC
Permalink
Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offencehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paid-news-EC-wants-it-to-be-made-electoral-offence/articleshow/31469349.cms


Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-06 14:44:28 UTC
Permalink
Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offencehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paid-news-EC-wants-it-to-be-made-electoral-offence/articleshow/31469349.cms


Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-06 14:44:28 UTC
Permalink
Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offencehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paid-news-EC-wants-it-to-be-made-electoral-offence/articleshow/31469349.cms


Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-06 14:44:28 UTC
Permalink
Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offencehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paid-news-EC-wants-it-to-be-made-electoral-offence/articleshow/31469349.cms


Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-04 15:30:36 UTC
Permalink
Mr. Nagvenkar,
How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private newspaper and a citizen of Goa?....
Will you not be playing into the hands of the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab on???.....
If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency, in the 1970s.

Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.
<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
colaco1 at gmail.com (J. Colaco )
2014-03-04 19:57:55 UTC
Permalink
On 4 March 2014 10:30, Naguesh Bhatcar <sgbhatcar at hotmail.com> wrote:

"Mr. Nagvenkar,.....How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an
event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private
newspaper and a citizen of Goa?...Will you not be playing into the hands of
the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab
on???.....If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own
fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these
politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be
detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency,
in the 1970s."

I believe that Mayabhushan Nagvenkar is on solid ground - as far as
procedural 'precedent' is concerned

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/faqs/

jc
colaco1 at gmail.com (J. Colaco )
2014-03-04 19:57:55 UTC
Permalink
On 4 March 2014 10:30, Naguesh Bhatcar <sgbhatcar at hotmail.com> wrote:

"Mr. Nagvenkar,.....How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an
event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private
newspaper and a citizen of Goa?...Will you not be playing into the hands of
the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab
on???.....If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own
fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these
politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be
detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency,
in the 1970s."

I believe that Mayabhushan Nagvenkar is on solid ground - as far as
procedural 'precedent' is concerned

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/faqs/

jc
colaco1 at gmail.com (J. Colaco )
2014-03-04 19:57:55 UTC
Permalink
On 4 March 2014 10:30, Naguesh Bhatcar <sgbhatcar at hotmail.com> wrote:

"Mr. Nagvenkar,.....How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an
event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private
newspaper and a citizen of Goa?...Will you not be playing into the hands of
the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab
on???.....If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own
fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these
politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be
detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency,
in the 1970s."

I believe that Mayabhushan Nagvenkar is on solid ground - as far as
procedural 'precedent' is concerned

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/faqs/

jc
colaco1 at gmail.com (J. Colaco )
2014-03-04 19:57:55 UTC
Permalink
On 4 March 2014 10:30, Naguesh Bhatcar <sgbhatcar at hotmail.com> wrote:

"Mr. Nagvenkar,.....How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an
event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private
newspaper and a citizen of Goa?...Will you not be playing into the hands of
the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab
on???.....If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own
fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these
politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be
detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency,
in the 1970s."

I believe that Mayabhushan Nagvenkar is on solid ground - as far as
procedural 'precedent' is concerned

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/faqs/

jc
colaco1 at gmail.com (J. Colaco )
2014-03-04 19:57:55 UTC
Permalink
On 4 March 2014 10:30, Naguesh Bhatcar <sgbhatcar at hotmail.com> wrote:

"Mr. Nagvenkar,.....How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an
event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private
newspaper and a citizen of Goa?...Will you not be playing into the hands of
the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab
on???.....If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own
fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these
politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be
detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency,
in the 1970s."

I believe that Mayabhushan Nagvenkar is on solid ground - as far as
procedural 'precedent' is concerned

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/faqs/

jc
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:00:07 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm

Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:13:52 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm


Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar


For scans of the email trail, pls click here.
https://www.facebook.com/mayabhushan/media_set?set=a.10152494524822224.1073741831.617092223&type=1
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-04 15:30:36 UTC
Permalink
Mr. Nagvenkar,
How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private newspaper and a citizen of Goa?....
Will you not be playing into the hands of the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab on???.....
If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency, in the 1970s.

Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.
<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:00:07 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm

Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:13:52 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm


Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar


For scans of the email trail, pls click here.
https://www.facebook.com/mayabhushan/media_set?set=a.10152494524822224.1073741831.617092223&type=1
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-04 15:30:36 UTC
Permalink
Mr. Nagvenkar,
How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private newspaper and a citizen of Goa?....
Will you not be playing into the hands of the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab on???.....
If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency, in the 1970s.

Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.
<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:00:07 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm

Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:13:52 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm


Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar


For scans of the email trail, pls click here.
https://www.facebook.com/mayabhushan/media_set?set=a.10152494524822224.1073741831.617092223&type=1
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-04 15:30:36 UTC
Permalink
Mr. Nagvenkar,
How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private newspaper and a citizen of Goa?....
Will you not be playing into the hands of the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab on???.....
If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency, in the 1970s.

Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.
<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:00:07 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm

Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Mayabhushan
2014-03-04 10:13:52 UTC
Permalink
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm


Dear Mr. Kishor Naik Gaonkar
(President: Goa Union of Journalists)

Thank you for upping the ante on the issue of paid news in Goa. Your
continued pursuance of the protest path has finally forced the chief
minister Manohar Parrikar to express regret for his unfortunate and blanket
comments damning the journalist fraternity here.

As you may recall on Saturday, I had written to the Goa chief minister and
tagged along documentary evidence which showed that paid news has indeed
taken root in at least one leading newspaper, namely Herald.

The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.

The same documents, which held identify paid news practices during the run
up to the 2012 assembly elections have been uploaded on Facebook and have
also been attached along with this email for your reference.

As you are aware, the phenomenon of paid news is slowly taking a vice-like
grip on the functioning and decision-making in several newspapers,
published in both English and vernacular languages. If attempts are not
made soon to combat it, sincere journalists plying their trade may find the
going difficult to even survive in the profession.

My request to you as the head of the only organisation in Goa which also
acts as a custodian of journalists' interests, is to ensure that my
complaint to the chief minister is collectively pursued to ensure that the
highest authority in the land gets to the bottom of the matter. I would
appreciate that GUJ, with the resources and manpower it has at its
disposal, follows up the complaint with the chief minister.

I am also requesting you to impress upon Mr. Parrikar to initiate a
judicial probe into the practice of paid news in the Goan media. The email
transcripts have enough material in them to serve as a starting ground for
such a probe by a retired judge, which could once and for all help identify
those black sheep in our profession and expose them to their readers. It
would be an honourable first for the GUJ to become the journalistic body in
the country to demand for such a probe on the basis of documentary
evidence. A judicial probe in Goa's increasingly corrupt media scenario
would also send a signal to journalistic fraternities across the country to
follow suit.

GUJ should also take the responsibility to use its offices to formally
complain to the Press Council of India and the chief electoral officer for
Goa, mentioning the specific instances of paid news which are made out in
these email transcripts. This would only be in sync with your public appeal
on Monday (March 3), where you implored to journalists and the public at
large to approach GUJ with specific complaints about paid news, which you
assured would be taken up with the relevant authorities.

I hope you will seriously consider the requests I have made in this email
and take up the challenge to weed out or thwart the influence of paid news
within the Goa media.


best regards

Mayabhushan Nagvenkar


For scans of the email trail, pls click here.
https://www.facebook.com/mayabhushan/media_set?set=a.10152494524822224.1073741831.617092223&type=1
Naguesh Bhatcar
2014-03-04 15:30:36 UTC
Permalink
Mr. Nagvenkar,
How can a Government initiate a judicial probe, in an event involving two private individuals/entities -- in this case, a private newspaper and a citizen of Goa?....
Will you not be playing into the hands of the Government and the very politicians, you are supposed to keep a tab on???.....
If GUJ and your fellow newsmen, cannot keep tabs on one your own fraternity, how will you be patrolling the misdeeds of these politicians?...A judicial probe could set precedents that might be detrimental to Press freedom, as it happened during the days of Emergency, in the 1970s.

Naguesh Bhatcar
From: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0530
To: mayabhushan at gmail.com
Subject: [Goanet] Demand for Judicial Probe in Goa's Paid News nexus
Letter to Goa Union of Journalists sent today at 2:27 pm
The letter to Mr. Parrikar was accompanied by email transcripts between
former Herald editor and the newspaper's general manager Michael Pereira,
which clearly indicates that paid news was commonly practiced by the
Herald. This was perhaps the first time that a paid news-related paper
trail has surfaced.
<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
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