Today while being on twitter saw a few tweets from some journos (@seemagoswami, @virsanghvi) about Pak not having civil society. It was some satirical tweet that u can find on their profile. Something that would surely spread the not so good message about our neighbor. My problem with that was simple… Why do you make such exaggerated statements about the country about which you really don’t know much? We have such elements (the mujahiddins, the hindu extremists, the senas) then are we to be branded the same way by Pak media?
The even bigger problem is that these stupid journos go on to make big statements for their own telecast TRP ratings. But they forget that they have some social responsibility of reporting without their own personal bias. They make the story sound so horrific that the people who consume the news without analyzing it then go to form opinions based on those blown up reports. They form a misinformed decision. I am sure their is an argument that the twitter messages are personal views. But to that I would say, it is a social media consumed by many people who trust these journos for correct information. If they are fed in with biased news then I think this is completely WRONG!! These journos leverage their celebrity status to gather their followers and then feed them their personal views without even mentioning it might be biased.
Another problem I have with this kind of reporting is, if can not bring peace to people’s life then at least don’t feed them with hate and anger or with information which will raise these two emotions. We must understand it is because of these emotions that people take to extremism and violence. Can you imagine 1 billion insane and angry people fed completely on irrelevant and biased information? I don’t want to… there is not enough arsenal with any army to eliminate those many humans. And well killing one angers 100s and going by this proportion we are looking at something TERRIBLE in the coming time. It is not all lost as yet, we can change this. We should demand for journalism and not biased, TRP motivated information for all of us. WE ARE A DEMOCRACY!!! Lets act like one.
Please consider this for all journos not just the two mentioned. They are mere examples…