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Practise responsible media reporting on COVID-19 outbreak – ID Director General

The Government Information Department (ID) yesterday urged media personnel to practise more positive and responsible media reporting on COVID-19 outbreak.

Issuing a statement, Department Director General Nalaka Kaluwewe requested the media not to shoot or telecast scenes that could harm the privacy and social dignity of those suspected of being infected with COVID 19 or their associates.

“It has been observed that certain electronic media broadcast illustrations in news reporting on people who are infected with COVID-19 or subject to quarantine affecting the privacy of individuals.

“The manner they are taken into quarantine or hospitalisation and their homes or their surroundings were shown. In some cases, patients and associates are perceived as anti-social by some of the media.

“Telecasting such scenes does not make an effective contribution to the proper awareness of the people. Some people may not even seek treatment or quarantine because of the risk of socialising such scenes that harm their privacy. There has been a great deal of public displeasure and protest against this negative use of the media.

This has also disturbed the special social mission of the media to properly educate the public at this critical juncture.

“I greatly appreciate the continuous active contribution of media institutions in rescuing society from the menace,” the statement said.