3rd May - The World Press Day or World Press Freedom Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. If you call yourself to be an updated person then you should be thankful to the press, who every day, every minute and every second are revolving around the world just to give you the fodder. The world holds an archive of many hidden cases and stories, but it’s the press who go deep to dig the news just for you.
1. Sheena Bora:
A young lady of 25 years old was murdered on April 24, 2012, her body was burnt and disposed of in a forest of Raigad district in Maharashtra. The primary convicts held in her case were Indrani Mukerjea- her mother, Peter Mukerjea and former husband Sanjeev Khanna. This news was a sensation and involved a lot of media coverage.
The most vicious case ever that shocked and enraged India and made headlines internationally. This 2012 Delhi gang rape case is one such case that is unforgettable and still sends a chill down the spine.
3. Jessica Lal:
On the midnight of April 30 when Jessica Lal, celebrity barmaid refused to serve drink, the man brutally shot her dead on the spot. This sensational news prevailed across the states in no time.
4. K M Nanavati:
This story involves an ugly tiff between love and betrayal. Nanawati got to know about his wife’s extramarital affair which resulted in a cruel murder that generated unprecedented media coverage and the circumstances fetched huge public sympathy for him.
5. O. J. Simpson:
In the year 1994, O.J. Simpson was held as a culprit for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Even though he was acquitted for the murder, he has spent recent years behind bars. On Oct. 3, 1995, the "Trial of the Century" ended with Simpson's acquittal, with 150 million people tuning in for the verdict, making it one of the most-watched events in television history.
6. Arushi Talwar:
Noida’s double murder case took five long years to reach its judgment. Aarushi was a 14 yr old girl leaving with her parents in Noida. On May 15-16, 2008 Aarushi and Hemraj Banjade, were killed together. This mysterious death created havoc and fetched a lot of media coverage.
7. Lokpal Bill:
The famous Lokpal Act where the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare kept a fast with a demand to adopt the bill which is drafted by the civil society. Many popular faces stood in support of the bill and after days of fast, the government agreed to set up a joint committee with an equal number of members from the government and civil society side to draft the Lokpal Bill together. This was yet another example where without an involvement of any crime, media came together for the support.