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Live reporting of terror strikes: PCI asks media to take care

Last Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 22:06

Chennai: Live reporting of terror strikes
like the Mumbai attacks could have an "undermining effect" on
the security and safety aspects during such situations and the
media, especially electronic, should "take care" while
reporting such events, Press Council of India said on Sunday.

"Reporters should focus on the possible impact on safety
and security (in the prevailing situation) as there could be
an undermining effect. They should be more careful during such
situations (as live telecast of events) could also affect the
action of the security personnel," said PCI chairman, justice
GN Ray.

However, reporting such events was equally important,
Ray said while talking to reporters here on the sidelines of a
workshop on "Media against terrorism".

A government spokesperson should be in place during such
times to assist the media, he added.

Recalling the self-imposed regulatory measures by the
National Broadcasters Association in the wake of the 26/11
attacks, Ray said a legislation would ensure that "good sense

In the wake of Mumbai terror attacks, the NBA has framed
some guidelines for the media which include deferred live
reporting and not revealing the security forces strategies
among others.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 22:06
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