Do journalists have the right to gatecrash into the emergency room of a private hospital? Are they allowed to shoot pictures of patients without the permission of the hospital authorities or the patients and their next of kin? Does such an intrusion by journalists amount to an invasion of privacy? Is barring journalists from such trespass an attack on the freedom of the media? Should those who are supposed to report news become the news themselves? Can journalists serve as trustees of temples and other public bodies without inviting charges of conflict of interest?
All very pertinent questions these, and they all come to us courtesy a quite amazing incident in Udupi recently.
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