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

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 prevails".

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