Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mumbai Attacks: No more live coverage of terrorist attacks

It was about time that the television networks realized they are neither helping those who are trying to help rescue the people from an ongoing violence/terrorist attack, nor helping those who are watching these live on TV. So it was heartwarming to see them come to this self-rule:
With visual media coming under attack for its coverage of Mumbai terror attacks, the News Broadcasters Association on Thursday came out with guidelines that insisted on no live coverage of armed and communal violence.

The guidelines also banned the broadcasters from providing information on security operations.

The NBA's self-regulatory guidelines also said that no information about hostage situations and rescue operations should be provided.

The guidelines further said media should avoid live contact with victims and security personnel during crises and stressed that no live reporting that provides publicity to the terrorists should be made.

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