Watch out – growth doesn’t mean forgetting the rules
As we have all noticed, there has been an amazing growth in the number of television and radio channels in the country. This has brought with it variety in programming and exciting jobs for lots of talented young people. However, it has also brought with it fierce competition. And, with competition, there is apparently the need for one-upmanship – breaking the news first, hiring top guns, sensationalism, etc etc. But does this mean forgetting that there should be a code of ethical practice? And abiding by it?
The reason I pose this question is that in the early stage of our media revolution, it is important that these questions be asked and addressed. For instance last week, in an attempt to provide breaking news before their competitors did, two different television channels did the following:
- One of them reported that the Balochistan budget had been passed when the budget session was still in progress!
- The other one reported that Pakistani tennis sensation Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi had won the third and final qualifying round at Wimbledon against Canadian number one Frank Dancevic in a four-set thriller – this news broke while the match was still going on! I am glad their crystal ball proved to be right but that is NOT what it is about. They are supposed to report the news and not predict it.
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