If someone does something, the news item and the headline should refer to that someone. Even if the concerned is a brother of a bigwig. Facts cannot be twisted to bring the bigwig into the story's headline, which has happened in Mumbai Edition of The Hindustan Times on October 21, 2010.
It is a story about the brother of a minister filing a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court and the headline saying Minister files case over illegal slums. The intro of the one-paragraph story starts thus:
“The Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik’s brother Dnyaneshwar Naik has .....”
Simple thing...say it simply and get it right. This rule of journalism has been forgotten. Had the story been written differently, saying that a politician wants all illegal slums regularised in Thane district and further mushrooming stopped, and then mention that the litigant is a minister’s brother, the headline would not have been a distortion.
But who cares, these days?
-- Mahesh Vijapurkar