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We are in dangerous times: Harsha Bhogle’s message on responsible journalism is a must read

Bhogle talks about the present state of journalism when the provider of news becomes news himself/herself.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: July 28, 2016 2:23 pm
Harsha Bhogle's message is a must-read Harsha Bhogle’s message is a must-read

In times of social media when Twitter and Facebook have become major source of news, it has become increasingly difficult for newsrooms to decide, what to take and what not to take. Often, the lines between truth and what makes news blur putting the difficult responsibility of selection on media organisations.

Harsha Bhogle, renowned cricket commentator and journalist himself, has shared his thoughts about the same in a Facebook post that has gone viral. In his post, he talks about the alarming times that we’re living in “When mass media abdicates its responsibility”.

He talks about a time when responsible journalism was practiced and the only way to compete was to put the news out faster than other and not resort to delivering what’s sensational.

“There was a time when being a journalist, a bit like being a judge, meant that you were bestowed a certain responsibility. People believed in you and that trust had to be worn at all times. But news was competition too and so you needed to stay ahead. You did that by getting news early but you were still truthful, or at least a majority felt the need to be so. Then social media arrived and with twitter, facebook but increasingly with whatsapp, everyone is a journalist but without the responsibility of being one. And so the onus of sifting between the dignified and the truthful, and the provocative and the untrue, is now no longer with the disseminator of the news but with the receiver,” he writes.

Bhogle also talks about the present state of journalism when the provider of news becomes news himself/herself. “When the provider of the news seeks to become the news and therefore needs to act provocatively to attract attention (the very act he/she should be filtering out), we are in dangerous times,” he writes.

The thought may or may not be provoked by the recent Facebook post made by journalist Barkha Dutt slamming Arnab Goswami that went viral.

In her post, she had spoken about how Times Now calls for “gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished” and how it would “kill” her to be on the same side of any issue as Arnab.

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    Anil
    Jul 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    Now many of the pro modi supporters are in m hysteria.... supporting whatever seems to be supporting hinduism.... or modyism.... in the name of nationalism..... without any rational.... the hysteria seems to driving to a point where they want immediate justice..... if someone did wrong then kill him immediately.... no brains only balls.. and adrenaline.... if u say let us examine if he truly did anything wrong.... then u r an anti-national.... I dont know when this Talibanisation will... end.... but surely will end.... these macho maniacs... should attack stan immediately and occupy stan make it part of Akhand Bharath. If they guts do it.... i know many will say soon...
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      Bapu
      Jul 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm
      Arnab is true though he is loud sometimes intolerant..But whats wrong if he criticize certain left jounos who always see fishy the role of Indian governmnt
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        Spart
        Jul 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm
        Arnab all the way...lt;br/gt;Barkha is trying to be in limelight by hook or crook.
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          Gurleen Singh
          Jul 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm
          all wise people want meaningful stuffs but it's also media's responsibility to show some ethics and morality if they consider they are fourth pillar of democracy
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            Gurleen Singh
            Jul 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm
            due to today's media more fighting are breaking out b/w people's and this is due to mere TRP rating
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