The spate of high profile resignations in Indian media continues, with the latest in news being The Hindu. According to reports, senior editors P Sainath and Praveen Swami have quit the organisation. While Swami is all set to join The Indian Express, Sainath is expected to go on a break for a while before taking up regular assignments.
However, this is the second time The Hindu is witnessing a turmoil of sorts in the span of a year. In October 2013, the editor of The Hindu Siddharth Varadarajan quit the organisation. While putting in his papers, Varadarajan had said, "With The Hindu’s owners deciding to revert to being a family run and edited newspaper, I am resigning from The Hindu with immediate effect." While quitting, he turned the focus on the seemingly non negotiable terms on which publishers of the paper Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL) been trying to run the organisation considerably curbing editorial freedom.
Swami and Sainath's resignations possibly add insult to injury, especially since the former mentions that working in the newsroom had become unbearable for most journalists. In an article on www.bestmediainfo.com, Swami has been quoted as saying that working in the paper had felt like working for Pol Pot, who was at the helm of one of the most brutal, radical regimes in Cambodia.
Swami, who was the Strategic Affairs Editor and Resident Editor, New Delhi of the paper didn't mince his words while writing to N Ravi the editor-in-chief of The Hindu.
Best Media Info, quotes him, "The last few months have not been pleasant, for reasons all of you are aware of, and I decided it was best to use my energies doing journalism, not fighting battles that serve no purpose for anyone. I owe an apology to the fine young reporters as well as eminent senior colleagues who I could not protect from shabby treatment. Though none of the decisions were mine, they happened on my watch, and for that I owe you an apology.
"It began to feel a little bit like working for Pol Pot, and I didn’t want to hang around until I was executed or sent off for re-education."
A senior journalist also told the website that several senior reporters were subjected to screaming, shouting and shameful personal abuses.
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Updated Date: Jul 16, 2014 07:10:52 IST