"Media is considered to be the 4th pillar of the society. The other three being legislative, executive and judiciary."
Most of you would have heard of a recent incident – a schoolgirl Arushi murdered by her own father in the Noida sector in India. Its certainly a shocking, bone-chilling incident but the extent to which the Indian news channels went in sensationalizing the whole issue raises a few questions. This single news item might have easily had more than 25% of the screen time over a span of four days. You switch on the TV in the morning, you hear something or the other about this incident, its the same thing in the afternoon, its what you see throughout the day. One wondered who was doing the investigation, whether it were the media or the police.
Imagine the condition of the mother who had just lost her daughter, whose husband is most likely to be convicted of murder and whose whole family has been left in tatters. Doesnt she deserve some peace? One of the news channels even got her to speak for their channel. One of the reporters who was giving continuous updates on the happenings even went on to say that ‘life in Noida will never be the same again’. That was the most negative thing to say when residents of Noida required to be positive, when they had to forget this tragedy and get back to life again.
So there is only one question – Do the Indian media deserve the freedom they have in this democracy? Perhaps it is time to impose some restrictions, to lay out clear guidelines on what the media can do and what they cant. Clearly many news channels dont understand the enormous responsibility they have in this democratic nation.
We do understand that there is enormous competition and it is important you have to cash in on small things. But sensationalizing really sensitive issues is definitely not a good way to improve your TRP ratings. The media should realise they have a role to play when India is making a mark in global history. Either they do better or lose their trust and respect with the Indian youth.