Indian people live on Bollywood. Our lives revolve around the Hindi film industry. We want to know what the celebrities are doing, where they are going, what they wear and so on and so forth. And being a public figure they won’t even take too much of an offence on it. But do we know where to draw the line? Do we know the difference between their public and personal life? Have we not blurred out the line too much?
The answer is, indeed we have.
The task of journalism is to spread across a message to people, in an ethical manner. And together all Indian journalists had been doing a good job till a while back. Now a date cannot be put to the start of unethical journalism, but it’s been a couple of years since our journalists resorted to what is popularly known as “yellow journalism” to gain popularity for their respective mediums.
A while back, a very popular leading daily had created headlines on Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show, with the word ‘cleavage’ very much in the headline.
Recently, India Todat has objectified Suhana Khan who is the daughter of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan. As if targeting the celebrities wasn’t enough, our media is succumbing to worse measures to increase their publicity. The daily had posted 20 pictures of this 16 year old star kid and the headline read as:
20 photos of Suhana Khan to spice up your Friday, in case you had other plans
Really? She’s 16. SIXTEEN.
Eventually, after receiving a lot of hate comments from people across various social media platforms, the daily changed the headline of the article. I repeat, they changed it, and did not take the article down.
Is this the kind of journalism we are practicing today? Is this the kind of ‘writing’ we aim at? And is this how we’re going to make tomorrow better?
Here is a screenshot of the article:
If you look at the top left corner, there are the words “India Today Woman Summit 2017” and that’s the irony of our times, of the journalism we indulge in.