Negative news: Harmful or just a reality?
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 people’s lives. 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. Would the news media and its consumers in your region benefit from such a law? Is a balance of positive and negative stories something news outlets should strive for? IJNet would like to hear your opinion. Join the discussion by clicking on "Add a Comment" below. Please identify your country if possible. Thanks.