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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 14, 2013
First Published: 22:23 IST(14/2/2013)
Last Updated: 22:26 IST(14/2/2013)

Indian media must not rely on sensationalism and hyperbole
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai's article It's noise, not news (Beyond The Bite, February 8), it is sad that at a time when the media is meant to play a crucial role in shaping a healthy debate in society, it is being relegated to a position where it is indulging in sensationalism and hyperbole. Television debates mar the real arguments. One can see an apparent editorial bias in the reporting of television channels, barring a few. There's no doubt that freedom of speech is non-negotiable, but it is for the media fraternity to ensure that journalism is not about high-decibel wars and television rating points (TRPs).
Devendra Khurana, via email

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Sardesai has rightly diagnosed the diseases that ail the electronic media. From the reckless coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to feeding on news often without putting the content in context, the media has time and again shown how irresponsible it can be. For a more democratic press, the media needs to introspect and practise a more stringent self-regulation.
Bal Govind, Noida

Afzal Guru was not a JeM member
In the editorial Rich slogans, quiet secrets (Our Take, February 11), it is mentioned that Afzal Guru was a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) member. However, it is completely untrue as the Supreme Court in its 2005 judgement said that "the evidence against Afzal was only circumstantial, and that there was no evidence that he belonged to any terrorist group or organisation". By repeatedly broadcasting Afzal's 'confession' on television - extracted in custody under threat - the media manufactured the truth of his guilt. It's time we buried such sloppy journalism.
Sonia Jabbar, via email


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