Let’s face it. Stalking Taimur Ali Khan is unethical journalism. YOU are part of it too. – Bollywood Journalist

At the moment Saif Ali Khan mentioned one thing that he has by no means mentioned earlier than.

At the moment — after actually a protracted, very long time — we heard him publicly pleading with photographers to again off from clicking his toddler son, Taimur Ali Khan.

“Please don’t stalk Taimur. He’s not a star. He’s only a youngster,” Saif Ali Khan mentioned.

Whereas chatting with MiD-Day, he mentioned that opposite to public opinion, it was not offending the mighty Bollywood press in Mumbai that prevented him to talk out earlier. 

Saif mentioned that the true cause why he didn’t protest the relentless heckling by the paparazzi was that he didn’t need to deprive anyone of his livelihood. He was simply being sort to the photographers who earn their residing by clicking his son.

Final week, the Mumbai Police arrivedat his residence to clear the paps out of the entrance porch of the housing society in Khar West to filter out the photographers who had made that location a form of ‘pap base’ to click on Taimur.

After the incident, a piece of the media had thought that it was Saif Ali Khan who had complained to the cops.

In keeping with Saif, it was only a involved neighbour who was disturbed in regards to the fixed stalking of Taimur Ali Khan. Saif made it clear that he helps his neighbour too.

“Sure, the cops cleared the paparazzi as a result of somebody complained. Not me. I can’t say I really feel kindly about their presence, as a result of 10 folks lounging about exterior your home ready for a shot of your child is disturbing, to say the least. I didn’t complain as a result of I don’t need to deprive anybody of a job,” he mentioned.

This comment additionally comes shut on the heels of one other current outburst of Saif Ali Khan in entrance of the paparazzi as a result of they had been always flashing in entrance of Taimur’s eyes whereas they had been on their technique to catch a flight on the Mumbai Worldwide Airport.

Bas karo yaar, bachcha andha ho jaayega (Cease it, the kid will go blind),” Saif advised the camera-persons gathered on the airport as everybody, together with the photographers, laughed.

Taimur Ali Khan with dad Saif Ali Khan and mother Kareena Kapoor

In case you thought that if Saif Ali Khan is the one one within the Khaan-daan who has realised how the media glare is irreparably damaging Taimur’s childhood, then let me inform you that the whole Khan household has requested with folded fingers to the media to cease stalking Taimur. 

The query that arises now’s: Why are the photographers not listening to those appeals? Why are photographers always stalking and chasing Taimur Ali Khan round for pictures and movies?

The reply is: The precise fault lies with the Leisure Editors on the mainstream media homes who’re sponsoring this malaise by means of their employers within the identify of journalism.

They know that Taimur Ali Khan pictures imply straightforward page-views due to the “Aww” issue. They know that very effectively that for those who put one picture of Taimur’s after which again it up with an ‘aww-dorable’ headline and it’ll quickly acquire page-views. 

The Leisure Editors know that Taimur associated content material is a short-cut to fashionable content material.

Simply because they and their viewers love seeing “cute footage” of Taimur Ali Khan, a number of the media homes have spawned a whole ecosystem that’s based mostly on Taimur Ali Khan and the content material generated by him.

Ask these leisure editors about ethics and finest practices and they’ll shift the goalposts saying that they’re merely serving their viewers. 

Issues have come to such some extent that even the determined pleas of the members of the family are falling on deaf ears as a result of Taimur-related content material steadily seem on high of Google Analytics.

Journalistic ethics be damned, these editors are additionally paying a premium for unique Taimur pictures which are equipped by the Paps.

Now inform me, who will you blame? The paparazzi who’re promoting the pictures for a number of hundred bucks a chunk or the leisure editors who’re commissioning these photographers and ordering them to usher in extra pictures and movies of Taimur?

The Mumbai police have intervened, the neighbours have complained, the prolonged household have complained, docs and psychologists have defined how the media glare is irreparably damaging Taimur’s childhood.

But no person appears to be listening and the eco-system continues to spawn extra Taimur content material.

Why is that this so?

It’s as a result of everyone is aware of that the poor photographers will probably be blamed for bodily chasing and stalking Taimur. No one will blame the leisure editors — the precise people who find themselves enabling and sponsoring this sort of unethical conduct within the identify of journalism. 

Most of those leisure editors are unknown faces however on occasion I see them resurfacing on the web that will help you distinguish between the fitting and the fallacious.

The query is: Can they themselves differentiate between proper and fallacious?

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