The following is the full text of an online appeal to protect the privacy of the Tehelka journalist whose complaint against the magazine’s editor Tarun J. Tejpal resulted in his “offer” to recuse himself from office for six months.
To all editors, journalists, bloggers, users of social media, and the public:
Some websites and blogs are posting the Tehelka journalist’s complaint to the magazine’s management or reproducing parts of it, perhaps with the intent to expose a grave act of sexual assault by a man occupying a powerful position.
However, in doing so, they are violating basic ethical and legal injunctions on the way cases of sexual assault must be reported.
The journalist’s complaint to her company is a private document and not a public one.
While private documents can be leaked in the ‘public interest’, this principle is applicable to the emails of Tarun Tejpal and Shoma Chaudhury
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