A mid-year economic recovery has seen some of the gloom abate and the festive season may have imparted an added buoyancy. But the mood in the Indian media industry as it heads into the new year, remains sombre.
Impunity continues to be the norm where attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka are concerned. Since the murder of Dharmaratnam Sivaram “Taraki” in April 2005, there have been at least 14 other cases of journalists and media workers reported murdered,writes Sukumar Muralidharan.
There are occasions in history when collective trauma brings a nation intimately in contact with its deepest anxieties. Mumbai 26/11, to use the media shorthand for the horror that began one night in November and carried on for close to three days, was one such. The terrorist attacks that began November 26 and transformed swiftly into a 60-hour long siege of three landmark buildings in India’s commercial metropolis, have deeply transformed the national polity. The true consequences will take a while manifesting themselves.
Veteran journalist Sukumar Muralidharan writes on the shoddy manner the investigations have been conducted into the blasts case and how the feverish mainstream media coverage has failed to highlight the inconsistencies in the investigations. The absence of a due course of law while political influence looms large on the process of providing justice has only made a mockery of the whole process; in turn creating conditions for further grievances with the system, which could well metamorphose into further acts of terrorism. This article is courtesy his blog: http://sukumar-md.blogspot.com .