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You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed.

Topic: Case study

7. You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed. (250 words)

(a) Identify the issues involved in this scenario.

(b) What are your duties in such a scenario?

(c) What course of action would you follow and why? 

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Why the question:

The question is a case study based on ethics and breach of law.

Key Demand of the question:

Analyse the case in detail, present your opinion with suitable backing.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with facts of the case.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

  • Discuss issues such as political apathy, insensitivity and lack of values.
  • Highlight the duties as an ethical journalist and a responsible citizen.
  • Discuss the action which you would take. Reason them with suitable substantiation.

Conclusion:

Reporting the illegal consumption of banned substances will help the administration curb smuggling and in better implementation of the law. The journalistic principles of truth and fairness and duty as a citizen of not remaining merely a spectator after witnessing an illegal act but raising my voice against it will be upheld. Consumption of alcohol by party members shows a clear case of hypocrisy. Such hypocrisy must be checked to have a government with integrity.