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The role of investigative journalism in enhancing transparency and holding the government accountable is indeed immense but investigative journalism is not an excuse to break ordinary criminal laws. Critically Analyze.

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4. The role of investigative journalism in enhancing transparency and holding the government accountable is indeed immense but investigative journalism is not an excuse to break ordinary criminal laws. Critically Analyze. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

A judge in London on Monday rejected an American effort to have the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited to the United States, where he faces charges of conspiring to hack government computers and violating the Espionage Act by obtaining and releasing confidential documents in 2010 and 2011.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Initiate by mentioning the role of investigative journalism in ensuring transparency and accountability. Cite examples.

Body:

Elaborate on the role of investigative journalists in a democracy. Exposing graft and wrongdoing, putting pressure on the officials to do work and discreet spread of ideas and information etc.

Mention about the various obstacles in the path of investigative journalists. Pressure from the affluent, Laws. Unfairly charging with espionage, penalizing the whistleblower etc.

Mention the over-reach on the part of investigative journalism in some cases. But also mention the need to avoid going by the letter of the law for achieving the greater good. Talk about the Julian Assange case.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stressing on need to balance both the interests of investigative journalism without venturing out of the ethical boundaries.

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