Some people think the media should stop reporting details of crimes to the public. What is your opinion?
Today, the print as well as the electronic media tend to dedicate large amounts of space or airtime to gruesomely detailed reports about crimes. Personally, I believe such details should be strictly censored, if not banned altogether.
These days the primary purpose of journalists covering the details of criminal acts is, more often than not, to boost newspaper circulations or TV ratings. Consequently, a great deal of crime coverage is rather biased, exaggerated or fraudulent, which only serves to terrorise communities and leave law-abiding citizens increasingly apprehensive about crimes.
An even more disturbing fact is that detailed reports of crimes by the press may provide the potential criminals with instructive learning materials, which would be hard to obtain otherwise. They may help those who are in the process of planning criminal acts perfect their plans that is, avoid the pitfalls and make themselves harder to be tracked down by the police.
Most importantly, detailed coverage of heinous crimes may further traumatize the victims of crimes reported by the media. These victims have already suffered greatly for what they have experienced. Without their consent, detailed accounts of felonies would only add to these innocent people’s suffering.
Therefore, I would argue that the detailed coverage of crimes should not go unchecked any longer as they may be false, may further drive up the already-high crime rate and may bring even more suffering to the victims of crimes.