By Tracey Khan-Drakes
The report from the MMU was released on Tuesday April 07 and classified the online news entity’s reports as fair, balanced and accurate.
While the majority of media houses have come in for criticisms from the unit, iNews, “encouragingly, in the midst of the disappointing scenario that we’ve articulated as it relates to the current state of the media in the country, there was one bright spot that buoyed the spirit and which is worthy of mention. The on-line news website, iNews, for us, showed the way forward in the execution of fair, balanced and accurate journalism.”
The news outfit which has only been in existence for the past three years has raised the bar in media reporting that others should emulate, the MMU report added.
“The website has set standards in news reporting that sections of the print and broadcast media may do well to emulate. It provided news that was not tainted by any discernible political bias, was factual, and non-opinionated.”
Meanwhile, the Unit noted that the, “lack of balance in news reports was trendy, in vogue, and compelled the Unit’s attention because of its pervasiveness in both the broadcast and print media during this first month of our monitoring regimen.”
The report in its general synopsis added that, “we got the distinct impression that balanced reporting has become the nemesis of our media corps…the evidence abounds that there is negligible, if indeed any attempt being made by media houses to achieve balance in their news reporting to the public.”
The more serious infringements that were committed by media houses that were also highlighted in the report includes, “peddling of unsubstantiated information, misrepresentation/distortion of facts, and publication/airing of language that was inflammatory, racially divisive/inciting.”