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Why did the media compromise all ethics while covering Salman Khan's blackbuck poaching case?
Who will bell the cat, the ministry or the press council of India? We have all seen the day when the electronic media compromised all ethics of journalism while covering Salman Khan's blackbuck poaching case.

Salman Khan, on this date, is a criminal and an offender who has broken the law of the land. He has been sentenced to jail and convicted by a competent court of law but he is being portrayed as some kind of hero who has managed to emerge victorious after a protracted legal battle. All he has got is a bail which was his due under the Indian legal system.

What the channels covered gives the impression that it is nothing short of a plug-in for Salman Khan and an independent inquiry should be held into why this kind of media coverage took place.

Were these news channels paid to broadcast such biased coverage on Salman Khan?

What was the objective behind such coverage and why did they do so and what were their incentives? What was the message they were trying to send across? That, if you are a Bollywood star, you are above the law of the land!

It is being argued by these sections of the press that hundreds of people poach blackbucks illegally every day but Salman Khan is being singled out because he is a member of the minority community, quote unquote, a minister from Pakistan.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Salman is being tried under due process of law in India like anyone else would be.

Even the father of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, the late Mansoor Ali Khan or Tiger or Nawab Pataudi, as he was popularly known, the husband of famous yesteryears actress Sharmila Tagore, and a former Indian cricket team captain, had to go to jail for killing a blackbuck. There must be several other poachers who have been punished accordingly.

Some of the comments in the media are both disturbing and hilarious.

"Shikar to har koi karta hai," says a TV channel, "par Tiger sey behtar shikar koi nahi karta." Such statements are both shocking and shameful.

One of the reasons for this extreme display of immaturity and insensitivity by the electronic media can be traced to various media training institutes and mass comm colleges that have come up in the nation.

Mass comm colleges have reduced a profession to a craft. They take in young O-level pass outs and make them graduate journalists but fail to imbue them with a nationalist vision and journalistic ideals.

Senior journalists and those in authority now need to intervene and create quality control systems in journalism. Otherwise, they will only have themselves to blame for the downfall of the press in the nation.

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