Media should also show some self restraint to reduce lynchingWhenever an incident takes place, be it political, social, any accident or crime, the media tries to glorify each one of them by continuously repeating it. It becomes the breaking news of that moment. It's very natural to make opinions based on the media reports and it helps us to choose our next course of action. But this repetition of some particular incidents, at times dictates our behavior in some way.
It has become the habit of many media houses, especially regional channels to jump to conclusion even while reporting the case.
Sometime ago there was a reported case of theft in one of the districts of West Bengal and the local media reported it with a little video footage about how the suspected offenders were thrashed in full public view.
Many a times it is shown in different medias how doctors were thrashed in full public view by angry mobs. Even the video of a central minister thrashing an airline official was doing the rounds for a while. In most of the cases the reporters conclude that the thrashed ones are the real culprits, though many times investigation proves it wrong.
The recent incidents of mob lynching is mainly attributed to the circulation of fake news and rumors through different social media platforms, but do you think the reports in different news channels with video footage of thrashing somebody, suspected of a crime, affect the mind of public in any way? Is it also causing the public to jump to conclusions too early and sending them on lynching spree, what the members are saying?