Taroudant - One man’s misery is another man’s fortune. This sounds very rude and unmannerly to many people, but it doesn’t make any difference for some electronic and paper-based news outlets as long as they can reach more readers and sell more copies.
Taroudant – One man’s misery is another man’s fortune. This sounds very rude and unmannerly to many people, but it doesn’t make any difference for some electronic and paper-based news outlets as long as they can reach more readers and sell more copies.
Since yesterday, many news websites have exploited unprofessionally the events of the tragic road accident of Marrakech that killed 42 passengers and left 24 seriously injured. Worse, our TV channels didn’t care a whit about the loss of more than 42 Moroccans and broadcasted the news in a regular news bulletin, 12 hours after the horrible incident and hours after French TV station TF1 had broadcasted the tragic news.
At a time when these media platforms show excessively the pictures of human corpses around the destroyed bus, in a heartless disrespect for the feelings of the families of the departed innocents, they should have used their means to investigate the real causes of this catastrophic accident that shook public opinion, and which was the worst ever in the history of Moroccan traffic accidents.
These media platforms that are a far cry from professional have focused on the tragic scenes and excessively displayed them to the public, instead of identifying the heart of the problems of the transport sector in our country while causing additional pain for the families and relatives of the deceased. Before placing all the blame on the driver or overloaded bus, we are all invited to consider the decrepit mechanical state of some buses and the shameful conditions of the roads of the country that lack all the necessary means of safety.
One wonders where were these media platforms before this disaster occurred. Had they done their work properly by addressing on a daily basis the problems of road safety in our country, urging decision-makers to fight against the criminal behavior of some Moroccans while driving, and pointing the finger to the corruption that afflicts law enforcement officials, this kind of tragedy might have been avoided.
Yet to our dismay, without falling into the trap of over-generalization, our media’s main concern is to make profit and sell more copies. Unfortunately, when one reads their stories, he can be appalled by their lack of professionalism.
“Moroccan press should stop being so commercial and respect the feelings of its readers. Some press outlets published very shocking pictures of faces stained with blood and dead bodies without consideration of the families of the victims. This is professionally and ethically unacceptable. If press in our country did its job the right way, the quality of our infrastructure would have certainly been much better,” Marwa, a Moroccan civil society activist from Rabat, told MWN.
It is a shame to hear the news of the accident from an international channel ahead of the broadcasting of the national TV channels, which kept on telecasting comedies and entertaining TV soaps, while the whole country was in a serious emotional shock.
It is not pleasant anymore when you decide to take the bus, bidding farewell to your family while in your inner side arises the awkward feeling that this may be your last meeting; as if you are heading to the front lines. This strange feeling arises from the daily mortal road accidents in Morocco, occurring at an escalating rate.
This horrific accident calls on the government to implement new procedures and safety requirements on the authorized buses, as well as fixing poor roads in order to make our roads safe and hopefully strike a blow against traffic accidents that take the life of many people on a daily basis.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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