September 11, 2020

Mockery of journalism

Media, no not the social media but the news channels that day in and out get us breaking news, big breaking news and these days TRP news. These news are often same and are different from each other they are the same, they are just classified so that the entertainers who pay for subscription get the best entertainment and don’t feel that they have been cheated. Well at certain times they may differ but maximum times it’s same. So let’s take the example of Shushat Singh Rajput , Oh wait but, how can we forget those colourful screens welcoming Rafael. Remember how Elegantly Ravish Kumar summed up the whole course of events that were going on in news rooms when 5 Rafaels landed in India. The amazing type of welcome given to Rafael was worth seeing. 5 Rafeals in India and the media was busy registering win in Galwan valley against india. The media houses completely forgot corona, falling economy, people starving to death, unemployment and floods . And were busy with reporting on them. Well let’s ask a question to ourselves. Will India win a war that too against what is called Dragon with limited number of Rafael’s and especially falling economy. The economy is at -23.9% . While as china being the emerging spot of corona virus has economy doing much better. Not only as compared to India but as compared to whole world . The simple and genuine answer to this question is a big “NO”. But have you seen any media channel speaking about it? No they don’t and they won’t. Because pointing loopholes has not been center of interest for Indian media barring few from couple of years. News channels are to present the bitter truth and find the loop holes of the government but unfortunately the present era of Indian media is asking questions to the opposition. The center of discussion is Rahul Ghandi! The Media seems to have mistook Rahul Ghandi as PM and congress as ruling party in place of Modi and BJP respectively. Journalists sitting in news rooms must be told that they are news reporters not Judges Or police chief who would decide what should be done and what should not. Media instead of showing what’s happening is busy in hiding and diverting the issue. Recent incident where a journalist Suresh Chavhanake With 323k followers on Twitter Editor in chief of Sudarshan News who was seen in a video calling students of jamia terrorist and rising concern on growing number of Muslims in administration. He used a line” Zara sonchia agar aapka zilha adikari Muslim huva to” Look at the level of hate he wanted to spread via his what he called ” special coverage ” . But it caused an outrage and took whole social media by Strom. The verified IPS association account on Twitter was quick to tweet and demand action. And a petition was also filled in the Hon’ble High court of Delhi even the UPSC committee also expressed their displeasure to the comments. To be noted that the Editor in chief has Modi and Shah in his header. Well the insanity of India media doesn’t rest here it goes on. Now as media is done with economy, corona, unemployment, youth problems and china in Galwan valley they have moved to something that is gaining them TRP without even searching for facts. And that’s Shushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case! Which was turned to murder by media houses but thankful to court to clearly refuse to look at it as murder. Even when the case is on investigating phase the Indian media has come to conclusion and according to them Rhea Chakraborty is the one involved in the suicide of Shushant Singh Rajput. The media in this case has become a laughing stock. They are decoding the chats. Between Shushant and other guys. And to the suprise what agencies have failed to do news rooms have done that.
Well now it remains to be seen that will the media release that they are playing with their own profession and destroying their own professionalism or they will continue doing it. I would tell the TRP and money minting channels except few who are reporting what no one wants to that Government changes every 5 years and the falling economy will have an impact on their sponsorship.
By reading out the chat they have de-coded the drug nexus. And the funny part is they out of nowhere are turning the simple chat of Shushant into code words for drugs. I remember watching a news channel that was busy having unnecessary reporting over chats of Shushant Singh. He read a line and then he said this is code word for Charas. I seriously was left reaction less. I wonder what do these people smoke before entering news rooms. Even after Hon’ble Mumbai high court asking media houses to refrain from reporting things regarding Shushant Singh rajput’s case that doesn’t exist. They still are reporting things out of nowhere. Whenever I switch to any news channel they are busy reporting about the same suicide case. The recent drug angle and the Narcotics control Bureau making some recoveries got a new twist in the case. While as the Ex DGP of UP Mr.Vikram spoke to NDTV in regards to drug angle and Bureau being involved. The Ex DGP made it clear that these small amount type of recoveries aren’t for such a prestigious organization of GOI. The Bureau looks the matters across the border and international druge peddling is involved . Such amount of drugs found are of Local police station to look after. In the drug side of Rhea’s brother showik was also remanded by NCB as he used to receive and pay for the durgs by his own card and used to get cash in his own account . When the Ex DGP was asked to comment on it he said ” On the face of it it looks very very discreet and stupid to indulge in such activities and leave massive foot prints and finger prints” He even went saying that such things happen in less than 1% of cases. But he also added up that it has to be Investigated and see whether all this is true or not. Well the agencies are investigating and what is the work of Journalists? As to me it’s to present both sides of story. But unfortunately the present media is busy blaming the past governments and busy holding opposition responsible. Instead of putting government to accountability they are helping them to run away from their failures and cover up the economic disaster that India is going through. Well now it remains to be seen that will the media release that they are playing with their own profession and destroying their own professionalism or they will continue doing it. I would tell the TRP and money minting channels except few who are reporting what no one wants to that Government changes every 5 years and the falling economy will have an impact on their sponsorship. It’s better the media holds government accountable or falls in the pit that they are themselves digging. “Journalism is printing what someone does not want printed. Everything else is public relations “. George Orwell.
(Author is a Human Rights Defener. Views are his own) [email protected]

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