Saturday, January 26, 2013

Camera exposes Maharashtra police excesses in Dhule, Indian Express report about video clip wakes up TV channels

In TV channels, CNN-IBN covered the news well
When there was a riot in Dhule and there were allegation of widespread police excesses, most of the national TV channels had turned a blind eye.

The killing of six youths in cold blood by policemen in firing was ignored. But when Indian Express published its report about the video clip showing the policemen engaged in looting property and ruckus, it suddenly woke up the channels.

The paper had published photographs taken from the video recording. Now the channels have realised that its big news and should be given proper attention.

You know the reason! The reason is that an live footage or video can catch eyeballs that takes the TRP up. So when a video is there, its a story. Till now there was no story.

That' the mantra to catch the channel's attention. What about journalism? Did you say, 'journalims'! Be content with whatever they show. A clip showing a superstar's kid crying could have also been shown instead by them for even higher TRPs. Ain't we wrong?

Now don't expect them to do followup reports about whether there is action against the guilty cops and investigative stories to dig out the circumstances leading to the policemen's excess. If you get a video, the channels will show.

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