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News Snippets

  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Reporting News is Not Fastest Fingers First

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
Is a section of the media deliberately putting out slanted news without waiting for official confirmation? In quick succession, two news were flashed that were miles away from the truth. First, even as the Ranchi special court judge was reading out the judgment in the fodder scam case, a section of the media reported that Laloo Prasad had been acquitted of all charges. Then, reports surfaced claiming that the CBFC has asked for 26 cuts in the film Padmavati as a precondition for clearing the film. It later transpired that Laloo was convicted and no cuts were suggested by the CBFC.

What is happening? Why are reporters covering important events jumping the gun? Is it because they want to be the first to report? Or is it because they do not have a proper understanding of the news they are covering? Or worse still, is it because they have made up their minds how they are going to report? Professional incompetence, though unpardonable, can take place and the media organization will take note of it and remove the offender. But slanting of news cannot be pardoned.

These were small incidents. But if similar reporting is done in sensitive cases, even a fifteen minute gap in correcting the mistake can prove to be lethal. Passions can be inflamed and riots can take place. Hence, reporters have a duty to double check and cross verify each piece of news before sending it across for publication. They are the ones in the field. Those in the newsroom or studios will flash whatever they put out. This puts a huge responsibility on their shoulders and they must act accordingly. There is no shame in rectifying a genuine mistake. But shoddy reporting must be avoided at all costs, even if someone else puts out the news first. There is a chance that egg will be on that person’s face instead of you.