Murder of Benevolent Media
August 25, 2017
The fourth estate of democracy in India, being the mirror of the society upholds the duty of public care. Media is looked upon not only as mere mediator of knowledge but as the only powerful weapon at the hands of a layman specially in a corrupted unsafe land. An afflicted individual judicially unheard seeks honest support from media, the only sector expected to have the most secular, credible and unbiased behavior. Ethical and socially responsible media has the strength of questioning any section of authority and portraying the hidden criminals fearlessly. But what happens when this media is suppressed to silence by the so-called eminent politicos?
There are immense instances in every country wherein enormous number of media personnel are either threatened or annihilated to death just for the simple reason of benevolence. A media person is subdued either under business and political authority or under his own gluttonous interests. Every media student dream of becoming an honest journalist but certain incidents all around the world shatter it in seconds.Nevertheless, if under rare circumstances, an individual attain success in portraying illegal yet concealed offences of authoritarian officials he is perished advertently. Irony is that Earth loses an honest soul at every single step of honesty and every school teaches “Honesty is the best policy”. When media is being relied for its altruistic services, why does it face challenges against its own survival? New media is being built for fearlessly publicising opinions of the voiceless but those opinions face heinous consequences. Specifically media people are killed simply for exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression.
An essential question arising is that Has Freedom of Speech and Expression, the sole component for any individual to survive, simply vanished? Everyone has the constitutional right (Article 19(a) of Indian Constitution) to Freedom of speech and expression which is violated in such cases. Murdering a person due to his social media activism specially when the posts are beneficial for the public, is a reprehensible crime punishable in the eyes of society as well as law.
For now a concluding statement can be derived that If media has the duty of digging out hidden truths in front of the public, no power structure has the right to suppress media or any such information unless it is considered false under law. Media is made for the people, is representative of the people and will leave no stone unturned in saving the public from irrational cruelties of political leaders.