Indian news media has hit a new low this time with the shocking coverage of Sridevi’s Death. Sridevi was a cult figure in Indian Film Industry. She began acting at the age of 4, and her films spanned multiple languages and roles. But the way her death has been reported in the media is pathetic and cannot be considered as journalism.
Sridevi died in the bathtub of her hotel room in Dubai on Saturday night at the age of 54. As soon as news breaks out Indian media ran programs based entirely on unsubstantiated speculations. Some of the media houses even speculated whether Sridevi was under danger from fat-burners or steroids or countless surgeries.
A number of news channels shows have also suggested murder as the cause of Sridevi’s death without any claims and sourcing. This behavior from Indian news Media was not only disrespectful to late Sridevi, it also goes against media ethics to fuel rumors instead of reporting facts.
Due to this unprofessional behavior of Indian Media, the #NewsKiMaut has started trending on social media especially on Twitter. Many famous journalists and Bollywood celebrities use this hashtag to bash this uncalled for behavior of various news channels.
Here are few Reaction on Twitter
A famous journalist Shubha Shetty Tweeted on a reporter on Republic channel wants to know why Kapoor family hasn’t tweeted yet.
Some Ira Trivedi on Republic channel wants to know why Kapoor family hasn’t tweeted yet. Are these people for real? #NewsKiMaut
— Shubha Shetty (@shubhaS) February 27, 2018
Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh also expressed his grief using #NewsKiMaut
It’s a bloody circus. Some of the TV channels have dug new lows for themselves.
Let’s give #Sridevi Ji & her family the dignity & respect they deserve.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 28, 2018
This is what actress Nimrat Kaur has to say about #NewsKiMaut
Thanks to some torch bearers of yellow journalism, we made headlines the world over for stealing the show from a monumental tragedy. Hope the TRPs were worth it. #NewsKiMaut #NationalEmbarrassment
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) February 27, 2018