oppn parties Sensational Headlines Have Replaced Objective Reporting

News Snippets

  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
Even after indicating that the trust vote will be held today (he said he cannot delay as he had to face the world), the Karnataka Speaker adjourns the assembly until Monday. Voting is likely to take place on Monday
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Sensational Headlines Have Replaced Objective Reporting

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
It is being reported that a Dalit was tied-up and brutally thrashed outside a factory in Rajkot with iron rods and the man succumbed to his injuries. The heinous crime has been projected as a hate crime against the Dalits. But is this proper press reporting or is it mischievous and slanted reporting?

Consider the facts: something went missing in the factory, leading to suspicion of theft. The needle of suspicion pointed towards the safaiwala, who obviously was a Dalit, for rightly or wrongly, most safai karmacharis and rag-pickers are from that community only.

The brutality of the crime is not being condoned. It was a heinous crime and it is difficult to understand how someone can thrash another person so brutally with iron rods for a theft, even if it was of substantial value. What is being questioned is the manner of reporting.

Wouldn’t “Ragpicker Brutally Thrashed To Death In Rajkot” have been a more objective headline than “Dalit Man Tied-Up, Flogged In Gujarat”? Do we not teach budding reporters to be objective in their reporting? Then why is news being presented in a slanted manner nowadays? A section of the press does not realize that it is blowing up stories of ordinary crimes into those of hate crime and this is having a bubble effect. It is fuelling anger, creating distrust between communities and inciting passions.

If it is against journalistic ethics to suppress news of hate crimes, it is also same if ordinary crimes are presented as hate crimes. There is no doubt that those who indulge in hate crimes need to be exposed and brought to book. But reporting ordinary crime with a slant is not a good thing and should be avoided.