I saw the following today from a blog on international journalism:
"The Romanian senate passed a law last week requiring the media to provide their audiences with 50 percent positive news. The bill’s creators say the law will help fight the harms of negative news and its effects on
"But Romania’s National Council for Audiovisual Broadcasting, the group that will be responsible for deciding what is positive and negative, has criticized the bill, stating that news should reflect reality – whether
positive or negative – independent of any laws."
The blog went on to ask people to comment on this. I left the following:
First things first: mainstream media outlets specialize in passing on tragedy, violence, corruption, death, etc., etc., because they are absolutely certain that is what pays the bills. And until WE choose not to be willing participants in this, they are correct.
Then we need to ask if we want government regulating the media. Not particularly. BUT if this law in Romania improves the quality of life — yes, I realize that’s much harder to measure than defining "negative" or "positive" news — but a significant shift in what the media pushes our way CAN potentially reduce the level of fear and distrust in a society and this can be palpable.
I say: Romania, give it a shot! I’d much rather the media outlets come off of their determination to pummel us with bad news even though it’s at the behest of a government regulation.