Technically Speaking, Can a Journalist Display Your Whatsapp Conversations on TV?

Edited by Sumit Krishna Yadav

Ever since the Sushant Singh Rajput case had come into the mainstream narrative, journalism organisations and media houses have been covering its various facets in detail. However, amidst the “investigative journalism”, media ethics, unfortunately, found itself excluded; Whatsapp conversations of celebrities were proudly displayed on primetime national television for our voyeuristic pleasure. In the context of dwindling privacy and security of our personal information in the digital age, these incidences are not only shocking but also push us to self-introspection. We say and use various phrases and words while communicating with our family, friends and peers online, but in specific contexts. Yet, when shown on TV, the context is often taken away and our words are left bare for the country to see and more significantly, judge. In this light, we ask Apar Gupta—Executive Director of the Internet Freedom Foundation—can a journalist display your Whatsapp conversations on TV?


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