IELTS Writing Task 2: Detailed Descriptions of Crime Scenes Should be Prohibited. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 


Some people think that detailed descriptions of crime scenes on TV and in newspapers have a bad influence on the public, so this kind of information should be prohibited. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

A police car in a crime scene ©Jensen Campbell



Some people think that detailed descriptions of crime scenes on TV and in newspapers have a bad influence on the public, so this kind of information should be prohibited. To what extent do you agree or disagree?







It is thought that sensationalized news about certain crimes like murder that is broadcast on TV and published in newspapers has a negative impact on the general public. According to some people, banning this kind of news is important and I agree with them as this will stop causing other societal problems. 




Sensationalize [verb] – making something worse or more shocking

Ban [verb] – stop; prohibit 

Societal [adj.] – relating to the society or social relations


First of all, the prohibition of reporting specific sensitive information of a particular crime is needed to simply protect the audience, most especially the young audiences. These days, parents do not always have time to look after their children and provide parental guidance when they are watching some TV programs that are not oriented with their age.  When a child sees a news report on violence unintentionally without parents’ guidance, they might imitate it through inflicting harm on other children when they are angered. 



Look after [phrasal verb] – to take care of someone 

Inflict [verb] – cause something unpleasant to be suffered by someone 


Another reason why it is necessary to ban sensationalized news on crimes is that it will stop triggering those deranged individuals to think of committing crimes. This means that those people who have tendencies to commit a crime will not be influenced by those detailed news reports. For example, the reports of the shooting incidents in America in the last decade are oftentimes done by mentally ill individuals, whose pattern of executing the crime is apparently identical to the previous incidents that were sensationally reported by the media. If only the media had censored those very detailed sensitive reports, those types of people would not have copied and carried out the same act of violence.




Trigger [verb] – to cause to happen; causes someone to have an extreme reaction of anger, frustration, etc. 

Deranged [adj.] – mad; insane 

Identical [adj.] – similar; alike 

Censor [verb] – to remove something that is harmful, offensive, immoral, etc to society 


In addition, prohibiting news outlets from sensationalizing their reports can save highly sensitive people from experiencing depression or anxiety. Studies show that highly sensitive people suffer from psychological issues if they see some news programs that are describing a criminal act in a  detailed manner. Banning those kinds of reports can protect those kinds of people from going through mental disorders. 




Highly sensitive person [noun]is a term for those who are thought to have an increased or deeper central nervous system sensitivity to physical, emotional, or social stimuli.

Mental disorder [noun] – a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior

Source: Highly Sensitive Person

To conclude, the prohibition of publishing descriptive news reports on certain crimes is extremely important for the benefit of the entire community. 




Descriptive [adj.] – describing something in a detailed way 

Community [noun] – a group of people living in the same place



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