Kerala transport minister being led into an alleged ‘honey trap’ causing him to resign has managed to raise many questions from journalism ethics to women journalists being targeted. Recently, when a female journalist from News 18, tried to get in touch with a minister for an interview, he casually joked “Are you trying to make AK Saseendran out of me?” The journalist, Suvi Vishwanathan, took to social media to retort, not to typecast all women journalist or question their integrity.
Here’s the Facebook post: “I called a senior CPI(M) leader on the phone, asking for his interview. “What is it for, do you want to make me AK Saseendran?” came his reply. He said that he will give an interview to a male journalist, and not a woman journalist.”
On the incident of the transport minister AK Saseendran talking in a sexually explicit manner, the credibility of the entire audio clipping was questioned as the news channel, Mangalam aired only part of the clipping that featured only the minister’s voice. The Kochi Post had earlier raised a question on the matter, on whether or not the incident is misuse of media power.