OPINION

Prosecutors or journalists?

One of two things must be happening: Either we have excellent reporters – and not just two or three of them, but dozens – capable of deciphering intelligence reports, breaking codes and tracking down suspects long before the police do, or the police are intentionally dragging their feet so that, with the help of the television cameras and talk shows, they can conjure up a striking spectacle to alleviate the people’s daily routine. If this was just a case of two or three ingenious journalists each of whom had followed one or two suspects (who are, of course portrayed as guilty of atrocious crimes and not as suspects), then yes, we could assume that the much-hyped investigative journalism flourishes in this country also, albeit in a peculiar form. But, in this case, we’re dealing with 10, 20, 30 reporters who all, strangely, uncover the same suspects, all at the same time, all using the same evidence, and they all «discreetly» trail a «wanted man» (for days) or merely stand outside his house waiting for the police to burst in. Indeed, if one of those suspects escaped (were he, in fact, guilty) or made a desperate bid for freedom (if he was innocent but could not bear the scandal), then who would be the first to deny their responsibility? Would it be those who constantly brag about the quality of their journalism and simultaneously venerate backbiting as of the greatest value? Would it be the police? The prosecutor? Or, perhaps, the government? Oh yes, the government spokesman is absolutely right when he says that «we have to be serious.» But the government he represents should be the first to lend an ear as its stance and leaks have bred an absurd journalism that we may call «prosecutorial.» Indeed, there seems to be a major leak in the house of legality and democracy.