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Crime and media

Media has a responsibility in what it shows and how it shows. If anything that TV channels do gives a boost to crime, TV channels refrain from doing it.
If some people call TV reporters and tell them at a particular they will go to a particular place and damage public or private property there or beat people, TV reporters should not go to cover that event but report to the police. The people want publicity for their crime and if there is no publicity there will not be crime.
Sometimes some events are reported out of proportion. People engaging in hooliganism get publicity. Publicity is the oxygen they need and without it they are like fish out of water.
A topic is discussed on a TV channel for three days successively. Sometimes irrelevant and ridiculous questions are asked. Then there is a related programme in which two persons are asked questions for two days. On the fourth day there is an interview which is “exclusive”. The person is interviewed on another channel as well.
Sometimes I see one person on two persons appearing on two channels at the same time. Both channels seem to have live discussions. If anything is recorded beforehand it is not mentioned.
Sometimes TV anchors are told they give too much importance to some people or events and they should ignore them. During their discussions they ask panellists about it. If one says ignore people or events two others say media is doing a good job by covering crimes even when they are told beforehand. Anchors know whom to select for their panels.
English news TV anchors should interview people who speak English.
There should be no publicity to threats that a certain film will not be allowed to be shown or a city belongs to certain people.
Law and order is a state subject. Crime thrives because state governments do not take action. When they want they can provide security to a person. Many times police are hand in glove with criminals who engage in vandalism and hooliganism. When police enforce law the criminals run away.
If a person announces that he will set himself on fire and does so all the reporters and cameramen who cover it should be put behind bars.
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