Media: Refrain from insensitive, sensational Gender-Biased reporting without investigation

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India is the largest democracy of the world. Press & Media have a vital role to play in the functioning of this democracy.  Also, India is emerging as a global superpower & has a vibrant image internationally. Again Indian press/media has a role in portraying brand India. With such a vital role, comes responsibility and accountability too.

This petition intends to highlight the insensitive way Indian press/media does gender-biased reporting. Which is primarily aimed at creating sensational, breaking news at cost of ethics and standards of journalism. Too often, we see that in gender related incidents/news-article, press/media tries to impose it's own gender-biased views and opinion showcasing men and their families as crime perpetrators instead of reporting the actual news or incident. Most of the times, this is done without due-diligence in facts-checking and prior to any conclusive investigation by competent authorities or judicial trial. Hence it results in Media-trial intended primarily for increased TRPs and sensationalism rather than any real justice or factual reporting.


Recently, In Elphinston station stampede incident in Mumbai, The Hindu reported "dying woman molested, video shows" and their journalist Vedika Chaubey accused common bystander of molesting a dying woman and even abused common bystander, shaming all Mumbai city residents on online social platform-Twitter. She also included Maharashtra railway Police and Railways ministry via Railway Minister- Piyush Goyal in her tweet. Investigation by authorities later found that this was not correct. After sustained vigilant campaign by common Indian citizens on Twitter, apology was tendered by The Hindu and it's journalist. However the damage was already done globally as International media also reported the initial news article by The Hindu. At a time when many lives were lost in the tragedy, media/press indulging in fabricated news demonizing common men out there to help victims is unwarranted and completely unacceptable. 

It's not that Indian press/media is naive when reporting gender related news. Due diligence and sensitivity is exercised while reporting any incident involving women(even when it involves crimes perpetrated by women).
Their identity is not disclosed, their photographs are not published. Their family, residence location, social circle is not reported.

This petition urges media & press to showcase the same sensitivity when the news involves men and remain gender-neutral in reporting, exercise due diligence, adherence to ethics and standards of journalism and refrain from  fabricated media-trials.

 

 

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/apology/article19779566.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/stampede-victim-not-molested-police/article19792745.ece



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