Indian Media, Whose Story Are They Reporting? TEDx talk by Rifat Jawaid at IIT Roorkee


Rifat Jawaid, the editor-in-chief of, delivered his first TEDx talk on ethics (or lack of it) in Indian media in April this year (2015). Organised by the IIT Roorkee, this year’s event had six other speakers including Krushna Patil, the youngest female to scale Mount Everest.

Rifat was most suited to talk about media ethics primarily because not only does he have 20 years of experience in high impact journalism, but he also has had a brief stint in India media, where he headed a huge team of journalists working for four TV channels (Aaj Tak, Headlines Today now India Today, Dilli Aaj Tak and Tez) of India Today group.

In his talk, Rifat shared many anecdotes and his shock and horror while making a transition from the BBC (where he worked as a senior editor for over 12 years in UK) to Indian media.

This talk was organised a month before was launched.

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At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.

Please watch the entire talk below.