MSM and Juvenile Crime
The report about the kidnapping of 11-year old Arvind and the subsequent recovery of his body has gripped Chennai during the last few days. There are some established norms in the media regarding the reporting of such juvenile crime. It has come to light that the people behind this gruesome murder are minors in the age group of 16 – 17. An earlier article by The Hindu’s Readers’ Editor lays down the broad guidelines regarding media reporting of juvenile crime. It looks like Rediff.com has decided to flout some of those norms in covering the Arvind murder investigation. Rediff has gone ahead and published the names of the three kids accused in the Arvind murder case.