The media has always been our eyes to the world. From watching live coverages of various events to listening to the evening debates, we rely on such news channels to give us the information and opinions on various issues of the hour. Many a time our thoughts are influenced by the level of the ‘brighter’ minds who come on the panels of news channels and on whose opinions we bank upon our views. But all of this does not give any right to anyone to misuse this platform and televise utter non-sense in the name of journalism.
This argument has been around for a lot of years. On a lot of occasions, some journalists have misused this forum and have been insensitive. The burning issue presently is the coverage surrounding Padma Shri awardee Sridevi’s death. Sridevi was reported dead in the early hours of 25th February because of a heart attack. What followed the first report was various inconsiderate articles all over the internet on how “weak” Sridevi had become over the years for she had to maintain her figure. The autopsy, on the other hand, declared that she died of accidental drowning in the bathtub. Now, my friends, pay attention. For now, you’d see some in-human news reporting of all time.
With morphed pictures of the late actress shown in a bathtub or immersing oneself in a bathtub to demonstrate how Sridevi might have drowned, the reporters crossed a million lines. They forgot that the person they were reporting was a wife, a sister, a mother of two children and one of the most respected persons in this country. If this is what reporting means to them, then it’s high time one should unsubscribe these channels and stop watching them once and for all.
While reporting such delicate issues, they should not follow the other news channels and run after TRPs. They should rather set an example and stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. They should get over with the drama and focus on what’s important. There are numerous scams to be reported, there is a lot of things to be reported from the line of control. It’s when you look at the current scenario of the Indian News Channels, only then you’ll understand why the international news channels like CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, etc., have been favored all the time.
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