Citizen Journalism – Why do you need it?

 

Why do we need citizen journalism?

We’re constantly observing and encountering issues and problems in our daily lives, all around us.

Every few days a new app is launched by the authorities, but none of them are successful.
Why? Because the attitude of the authorities is usually lax towards the execution of such duties.

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In India problems are not solved automatically, they needs to be highlighted. This is what the media is supposed to do. But many such issues are neglected in the media’s chase for a higher TRP.

For that matter, social media is playing its part in highlighting many such issues, but how many? Not until and unless post goes viral!

What about a platform where you can report any issue? A platform which will then combine the issues and highlight the problem to its core?

Reweyou is citizen journalism app, using which you can report any issue for which you cannot do anything. You can report on a variety of topics ranging from governance, infrastructure and crime to health, sports and education. You can simply ‘capture’ reviews, in the form of either a quick picture or a short video, and upload it on the app. You can also keep track of the latest reviews on similar topics in your city as well as share and second other people’s reviews.

But that’s not all. Every week, our team will analyze and create infographics of the reviews received during that week and send them to media houses and/or other concerned organisations. Your voice shall be heard.

You can download the android app through play store- https://goo.gl/1IEVVv.

 

 

Pale Blue Dot

 

In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space
In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Children in conflict with law

 Juvenile Justice Bill 2015

Child Conflict with law, Juvenile Justice Law,

The Lok Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014 which will allow children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes.
Any heinous crime committed by a person in the age group of 16-18 years will be examined by a Juvenile Justice Board to assess if the crime was committed as a ‘child’ or as an ‘adult’.

Key Issues
Shashi Tharoor said “Bill violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 (The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.) and Article 15(3)( Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children. ) of the Constitution.

The provision also counters the spirit of Article 20(1) by according a higher penalty for the same offence, if the person is apprehended after 21 years of age.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires all signatory countries to treat every child under the age of 18 years as equal.  The provision of trying a juvenile as an adult contravenes the Convention.

The Standing Committee examining the Bill observed that the Bill was based on misleading data regarding juvenile crimes and violated certain provisions of the Constitution.

You can send your message regarding the bill to Maneka Gandhi (Women and Child Development minister) https://www.reweyou.in/mp/Maneka-Sanjay-Gandhi/