Media power to stop spread fake news
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We all have witnessed how Sridevi's death was speculated in all the wrong ways,thus ending up affecting the mental state of her family. Her soul would never rest in peace this way. In the quest to “break news”, channels did not follow any of the basic rules of cross-verification. And what followed after that was sheer black comedy. Deep discussions ranging from whether an excellent dancer could fall in a bathtub to whether India has a “bathtub culture” with images of drowning Sridevi with Boney Kapoor watching along to enhance our experience. A South Indian reporter went a step further and literally entered a bathtub, leaving behind all the English and Hindi channels.
Next comes the fake news that Irrfan Khan was admitted in Lilavati hospital for treatment of Brain cancer. The reality was not at all the one mentioned, he himself clarified. Recently, speculations of his deteriorating condition and him being in the last stage of cancer are on the rise, the exaggeration that turns out to be false, as said by the spokesperson of the actor himself.
We, as citizens of India, have full right to know and understand, but this kind of news is only keeping us away from real issues. I would like to request media to focus on important issues and only present solid facts before millions of viewers. We hope that the media functions well while handling all issues keeping in mind the impact on privacy and integrity of individuals.
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