“The Mainstream news media in India has always been criticized for its coverage of events. Switch on a Television news channel today, and you will be greeted with some Provocative, cringy, at times misleading headlines. In a race to become number 1, which surprisingly everyone is on their channel, objectionable graphics and hashtags are run. On top of that there are noisy debates served to the viewer peppered with shrill voices of the anchors and panelists fighting with each other. Sometimes, even beating each other up. There situation is no different as far as ground reports are concerned. There is a new form of dancing reporting which has been cintroduced to the viewer where the reporter on the ground does jumping and other physical stunts while presenting information.
In the past the news channels have received wider criticism from the civil society for lack of ethics in presenting news, especially when it comes to sensitive topics. Some news channels have also earned the tag of Godi Media for this. But so far this criticism was from people, society, media watchdogs or opposition. But the situation has turned so bad that even the Modi govt has issued a strongly worded advisory to satellite news channels, that is, electronic media asking them to stop using “unparliamentary language”, “making false claims” and “misquoting agencies” in their news coverage. The advisory issued by the I&B ministry said that some news channels have been “”making false claims””, using “”scandalous headlines””, and offering “”fabricated and hyperbolic statements intending to incite audiences””.
Well, if anything one thing must be highlighted that even the Modi govt acknowledged that sometimes what is being served as news on TV channels intends to incite audiences. And that’s not it, the advisory in fact names some shows and their headlines.
Arti Ghargi explains In the video.
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