Internal Security Reporting

Namrata Biji Ahuja


This chapter begins by explaining what all is critically and directly related to ‘internal security’ with a little bit of history of how the beat started in the 1940s and expanded in the 1990s. Then it discusses how to glean information from an unresponsive bureaucracy, especially when it comes to national security, and laws like Official Secrets Act (OSA), 1923 are still there and used many a time against journalists! It describes how journalists should manoeuvre their way into the beat by not only building trust or winning confidence of bureaucrats and officers but doing their own research and ground reporting to know the reality on the ground. It also explains how ...

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