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Do you believe violent crimes should be reported by the media?

  • Violent crimes should be reported by the media.

    Yes, I think the media should actively report violent crimes as a benefit to the public. If the media does report violent crimes, the public will gain knowledge and greater understanding of the area they live in, the world they live in, and their potential risks of becoming a victim to a violent crime.

  • It's our community.

    Yes, I believe that violent crimes should be reported by the media, because people have a right to know what is going on in their community. A community might step up to help the victim. The community might want to institute community policing in order to address the problem. People have a right to know what is happening in their world.

  • Freedom of speech

    The media have freedom of speech so they can report whatever they feel is necessary. We also have the right to know, as consumers, what is going on in the world. I would be quite upset if someone was shot and killed and no one was informed as we need to raise awareness and pay respect to the victims of violent crime.

  • People have a right to know BUT

    The media will often report anecdotes that then inadvertently lead people to think there is more violent crime than there actually is. Over the past few decades violent crime has been falling yet many people believe it is getting worse.

    To be responsible the media should report the statistics and make a comparison with past trends in each story about a violent crime so people don't confuse incidents for trends.

  • People have a right to know BUT

    The media will often report anecdotes that then inadvertently lead people to think there is more violent crime than there actually is. Over the past few decades violent crime has been falling yet many people believe it is getting worse.

    To be responsible the media should report the statistics and make a comparison with past trends in each story about a violent crime so people don't confuse incidents for trends.

  • Violent Crimes are reported by the media.

    The local paper will typically have a police column that goes over who got arrested for what. If that is not enough information, the UCR is public knowledge and available online. If either of these options is not specific enough, the nightly news is guarunteed to have some story about crime. Depending on how close to home you want to know about will dictate which station you watch to find crime.

  • Violent crimes should be reported on.

    Violent crimes should be reported by the media in the interests of helping people know what to look out for and be careful about. It also, in some cases, help police catch violent offenders if images of the offenders are able to be reported to the public in case someone has seen the person involved.

  • Violent crime shouldn't be reported

    Firstly, there is research which proves that newspaper and television affects the viewer’s behaviors. These media channels have ability to change the attitude of their audience toward certain topics, including crimes. Unfortunately, the media dramatize criminal incident in the pursuit of profit and to get more popularity. In long term, these spicing of news, ends the sympathy of people for the victims of such incidents. This type of news contributes to a conductive environment for lawbreakers to follow. Broadcasting of such detailed description of crime stories becomes a source of training for soon-to-be criminals.

  • No reporting on violent crimes

    That point is true but it is not necessary that media shows everything right, according to a research by Dorfman and Schiraldi in 2001, “that crime is generally overrepresented in media coverage, compared to actual crime rates in society” and they also find that media coverage of crime, is more violent and spiced-up as compared to the real incident, secondly they don’t know about their viewers that who is in front of screen a children, terrorist or a person who is planning to do crime.

  • No vilent reports

    That point is true but it is not necessary that media shows everything right, according to a research by Dorfman and Schiraldi in 2001, “that crime is generally overrepresented in media coverage, compared to actual crime rates in society” and they also find that media coverage of crime, is more violent and spiced-up as compared to the real incident, secondly they don’t know about their viewers that who is in front of screen a children, terrorist or a person who is planning to do crime.

  • No I don't.

    I really think that the media should be held responsible for the actions of criminals. I think that they should be fined for every violent crime that happens. This may seem ridiculous to some, but I am getting tired of the media sensationalizing violent crime. They are horrible and should be ashamed!


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