MANGALORE : Unprecedented protest against blackmail journalism of Karavali Ale / B.V.Seetharam

“ಕರಾವಳಿ ಅಲೆ”, ಬಿವಿಸೀ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರೀ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ

Frustrated public protest against blackmail journalism of B.V.Seetharam and Karavali Ale in Mangalore

Frustrated public protest against blackmail journalism of B.V.Seetharam and Karavali Ale in Mangalore. Photo courtesy: Vartha Bharathi

Mangalore and Coastal Karantaka are not new to protests. But this protest was different – in an unprecedented protest, people were protesting against a “newspaper” Karavali Ale and its “Editor-in-Chief” B.V.Seetharam.

Perhaps for the first time in the history of Coastal Karnataka  and Mangalore, several hundred people including many women and children came out in street to protest blackmail journalist B.V.Seetharam and his newspaper “Karavali Ale”.

While few long distance patriots sitting out in places like Houston and some in media are trying hard to protect (like D.P.Satish of CNN-IBN who falsely attirbuted reason of arrest to RSS) their fellow media man B.V.Seetharam without knowing facts of the case, it is clear that public in Coastal Karnataka have had enough with B.V.Seetharam’s style of blackmail journalism.

People protesting against Karavali Ale first conducted a silence march and then shouted slogans against blackmail tactics of B.V.Seetharam and “Karavali Ale”.


“KARAVALI ALE” and B.V.Seetharam’s blackmail victims include people of all religions

Protest in Mangalore against newspaper Karavali Ale and its blackmail editor B.V.Seetharam

JAN 13 2009:Protest in Mangalore against newspaper Karavali Ale and its blackmail editor B.V.Seetharam

One has to note that people cutting across religious lines have been victims of Karavali Ale and B.V.Seetharam – so this is a truly secular public outrage in a region sharply divided along communal lines.


Even a magazine like “FRONTLINE” acknowledges this in article about B.V.Seetharam in its latest issue.


Karavali Ale was targeted by the public because it had been publishing articles against prominent Hindu religious leaders as well as Christians and Muslims for the past four to five years. He termed the attacks against the distribution network of the newspaper a ‘‘public revolt’’.

“The circulation of the newspaper fell by more than 50 per cent in December. If Seetaram’s allegations are correct, why haven’t any of the other local newspaper establishments stood by him?”

This is not the first time that the newspaper has ruffled feathers. In several of its reports, there is only a thin line between evidence-based journalistic critique and rhetoric that can be interpreted as being defamatory. Its style is a no-holds-barred kind, and it does not hesitate to make personal attacks.


B.V.Seetharam of Karavali Ale

B.V.Seetharam of Karavali Ale

As usual we can expect total blackout of this protest by Main Stream Media while a protest by few (less than a dozen) leftist buddies of Seetharam can get National Coverage (see CNN-IBN coverage and other coverage of a protest againdt BVSee’s arrest in Bangalore). As expected media faternity is very close knit when it comes to saving skin of one of their own.

Rights of common people somehow is less important than a blackmailer like B.V.Seetharam who blatantly ignored court summons like a two bit common criminal? and was arrested on a non-bailable warrant issued by a court?

Is suffering Bhojaraja Shetty and family is going through because of reckless blackmail journalism by B.V.Seetharam and Karavali Ale is somehow less important? B.V.Seetharam is now faking illness (like common criminals do) is enjoying five star luxury in hospitals – paid and taken care of by us tax payers. Something to think about….


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2 Comments on “MANGALORE : Unprecedented protest against blackmail journalism of Karavali Ale / B.V.Seetharam”

  1. Wilson Katipalla Says:

    Gratifying to see people protesting against unethical media.

  2. Aslam Mangalore / Dubai Says:

    ಬಹಳ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಕರಾವಳಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಪೀತ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳ ಜನ್ಮ ಜಾಲಾಡಿದ ನಂತರ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಬೊಗಳೆ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರನ್ನು ಯಾವಾಗ ಹೊರಗೆಳೆಯುತ್ತೀರಿಯೆಂದು ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

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