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Anyone who has read <em>Lord of the Flies</em> is familiar with the concept that the institution of civilisation is the only wall between humans and savagery. The absence of justice brought out the monsters of revenge in us - and I do not just mean the vigilantes. This includes every person who remained quiet for years and years while lives were shed in the hands of mobs.
When the video of a 13-year-old child labourer being brutally beaten to death went viral in Bangladesh last week, every major television station in the country aired bits of it. Every local news website hosted it. Ethics experts worldwide would frown upon the Bangladeshi media's coverage -- and I agree, it is not very humane to replay a child's dying moments over and over again on television. Then again, Bangladeshi media outlets cannot really do it any other way, and I'll tell you why.