- Mangalam had aired a sexually explicit conversation of a minister
- The minister had to resign after the news became a controversy
- The television channel admitted that the minister was target of honey trap
Women journalists in Kerala took out a protest march against Mangalam television, the news channel that aired a sexually explicit conversation of a minister that led to his resignation. The protest march marked a stiff opposition against the channel using woman journalist to entrap the minister, A K Saseendran.
The channels expose had caused ripples in the state, in both media and political circles. Woman scribes decided to protest as most of them think that the incident brought disrepute to them.
Slogans like 'proud of my integrity, proud to be a woman journalist' resonated in the air as the journos marched towards Mangalam office in Thiruvananthapuram.
The protest march came two days after Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI) wrote to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the act of Mangalam had resulted in women journalists being accused of involving in honey traps.
"These allegations are very insulting and is affecting our work. The channel has admitted that it was a sting operation. However, CEO had said that the woman reporter willingly took up the job and this statement cannot be accepted. Mangalam is trying to escape by putting the blame on the reporter," the letter to Chief Minister said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:53 PM IST