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Copy-Paste Journalist, the menace to our society

Dear Editor,
The reporting of news has changed drastically in the internet age. It is not just fake news, the deliberate misinformation of people, that is flourishing and shaking the very foundations of democracy. It is also, unfortunately, the recycling and reproduction of inaccurate reports, which is mainly due to journalists’ laziness and the lack of any obligation to verify the facts.
The problem is that one journalist can inadvertently make a mistake and then this mistake can be reproduced over and over again by the type of journalism that subscribes to the concept of copy-paste. All working in the field of news gathering must be very careful. Everyone make mistakes and this is natural. but recycling inaccurate news only whittles away at our credibility and causes great damage. Today, fewer and fewer journalists value the process of fact checking, I believe that’s a pity. Changing this phenomenon in the short term is difficult, but it’s clear changes needed to be made. Fact-checking remains a valuable basis of journalism, especially if we want to be taken seriously as a source of information and more importantly as a source of truth. A lot of people active on social networking sites simply copy and paste content updated by others on their own site is copy pasted by others using their own names and murdering the 4th pillar of democracy.
  There is a time now when plagiarism is galore but even then there is a trend to simply take the text and matter from an unknown source and put it like a news without confirmation and authenticity. In the race of first and fast news truth and reality dies it’s own death. The net resultant is chaos lies and hollow stories doing the rounds making life of common people more than a hell.
Copy pasting is a criminal offense and erring journalists need be treated with iron hands. Copy paste discourages research and promotes laziness to think of new ideas. It is not wrong to go on social networking sites of others but what is wrong is to copy that information of other and paste into one’s blog as your own.
In Sikkim numbers of social networking sites users have since become copy and paste journalists that creates a black spot on democratic pillar. Not only this, there are many unqualified persons themselves as journalists that had murdered this profession. In these days the conflicts are arising due to circulation fake and false information among society. Copy paste journalists has become hub of corruption as the same on telephonic calls and other means of communications they introduce themselves as Bureau Chief, Special Correspondents and other designations is question mark for IPR department as concerned department had yet not taken any action against such fake journalists who even don’t know the value of this profession.
This creates a problem where we cap people who have insufficient knowledge in their field of working. The real test comes when they cannot apply knowledge.
The quality of this profession is compromised to create the stories before they go to the sites and copy the information to their sites hoping of course that their readership has not seen the same story where they took it. The bottom line is you were not called to be writers, try other things.
It is need of hour to tighten the noose of such fake journalists in our state, who does not have professional experiences and qualifications so that the trust of the people on Media is restored.
Your’s etc,
Bhupendra Pokhrel,
Advocate, Gangtok
Email: pokhrel.bhupen@gmail.com

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi