Casualty Word No.140

Octavia Nasr joins Shashi Tharoor and Lalit Modi on the list of casualties and if there was a hospital to treat their ego, it should be named Ward, oops, Word No.140.

From the look of it, the list is only beginning to grow and that is a worrying trend. While it is given bigwigs from businessmen to political honchos will use the modern medium of networking and may come up with some cheap shots for selfish interests, Nasr is another example of a debate that is raging in the journalism world.
It may be a simple expression by the mideast editor of CNN, something she must have hardly imagined would raise a storm like it did, but Nasr compromised the integrity of a journalist who is supposed to be neutral. But does being neutral mean stifling all expressions altogether?
Throughout the month-long World Cup in South Africa, journalists have been tweeting and posting Facebook updates showing which team they are rooting for. But that innocuous line might also indicate that the large write-up on Spain and a not-so-large display on Holland’s chances in the preview to the final could well be because the Sports Editor likes Spain. “Holland, bah, no way they are gonna win this one,” says the boss with the publishing power.

Young journos tweeting their views may not be ethical and so do attempts to tweet their breaking/ exclusive news in a bit to tom-tom their achievements but expressing their opinion is what veteran journalists, commentators and columnists do. Where does one draw the line?

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