Be­tween Be­lief and Dis­be­lief

The news me­dia re­mains pow­er­ful yet ir­re­spon­si­ble in South Asia. Un­for­tu­nately, public per­cep­tion will do lit­tle to change it.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Amna Eht­e­sham Khaishgi

Pro­duc­ers that work with Live News Pro­duc­tion will un­der­stand the frenzy caused when the un­ex­pected hap­pens. For in­stance, when a bomb blast strikes some­where in Pak­istan, pro­duc­ers are in­stantly charged with ac­cu­rate and com­pre­hen­sive picture. On the other hand, they must en­sure that no vi­su­als that may be sen­si­tive in na­ture (such as man­gled bod­ies) should go live. The prob­lem ap­pears when there is a tus­sle be­tween a se- a plethora of chan­nels to choose from, view­ers are at­tracted to the ones that pro­vide con­stant up­dates and re­al­is­tic vi­su­als. “Why are you peo­ple crop­ping the vi­su­als? Re­lease them as they are,” shouts an of­fi­cial. Fu­tile argu-

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