Reporting About Terrorism: The Major Mistake That Journalists Commit

Media (be it Print or Broadcast or Internet) is one of the important means of communication. Citizens depend on these media to learn what is happening across the World. Terrorism is one of the major issue for which the world is trying hard to battle against. As told earlier, people depend on media to learn the news and development of the story. As a normal citizen, a person feels he is updated completely if he/she gets to learn about the insights of the terror attacks. But major concern is, are journalists reporting in ethical way while reporting about terror attacks?

Most of the times, the news channels go over the board, forgetting that some reports might leak out security information of the nation. But media houses are more concerned about their TRP, viewership and other elements to be the most observed media. One of such example could be seen during the 26/11 attacks. Majority of the media channels were reporting about the moments of terrorists in Taj, Mumbai, which eventually helped the terrorists from other location to guide their member’s in conquering the location.

The unethical way of reporting in India on attacks has backgrounds in 1999, when Barkha Dutt decided to report the insights of Indian Army preparation.


The Indian media however, did not learn anything from Kargil War and 26/11 reporting. Particularly during the Pathankot Terror Attacks. The Editor-in-chief of NDTV Barkha Dutt decided to go over the board once again and was constantly tweeting about the insights of the terror attacks which was basically leaking out security concerns. People were further outraged over the reports further which Barkha was criticised heavily.

The Media should learn not to take freedom of press an advantage while reporting such incidents. The most important thing that a reporter should keep in mind is to ensure to protect national security related matter.


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