Theft in journalism.

[By Mayank Austen Soofi]

It is a great pleasure for The Delhi Walla to be a writer and photographer. But it is very frustrating when a media group steals your work.

The June 16 2014 issue of the country’s biggest selling weekly, India Today, published a photo of Delhi’s St Stephen’s College on page 74. It is a panoramic scene of the college and its students; the magazine displayed the photo in a pathetically small-sized box. I had taken this picture in 2012. It had taken me quite an effort. As a photographer I would have allowed this hard-earned shot to be used in print only as a big spread.

That is just one of the contentions here.

The esteemed magazine did not inform me of its intent to use this picture. It did not credit me. It did not pay me.

On contacting, the magazine mailed me an apology with an assurance of payment that “will be made as per our payment guidelines.”

Is there a separate payment guideline for stolen photos?

This act fails to meet the basic requirements of journalism.

Please don’t steal