Should a Journalist Save or Keep Filming Acts of Violence

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  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It is a dilemma.

    Filming sensational issue is their bread and butter and yet allowing acts of violence or murder without attempt at intervention is 'abetting of crime'.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Saving a life is more important than the job, Also reporting a crime to society is also important..

    Depends on the situation..
     
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    In other words get some gory footage with blood spilling out of the guts and then go thrash the assailant! ;) :pound:

    You are right that it is all dependent on the situation and that is where the problem lies - it is a subjective choice.

    The same issue came up when a photographer took footage of a person who set himself on fire and by the time anyone reacted, he was aflame and dead!
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    but one have to select one as per the situation..
     
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    Would the same media guy have kept recording if his very near and dear ones were being molested, and not do anything to stop it?

    Would the same person have continued recording had one of his/her own burnt in fire in some protest, and leave that person to die?

    Would all these people, who throw the argument of professionalism, have asked their camera man to continue recording had they been the victims so that they could air the clipping to garner air time?

    Where does the talk of professionalism disappear when our journos get caught with their pants down? Making deals on who gets to be a minister, or deciding what questions need to be asked before the interview from the interviewee so the fake interview/write-up can influence our perception, or putting up absolutely fake audios in live talk shows?

    There is no dilemma here, we as average citizens will let someone die on the road post an accident than do something to help the people out involved in the accident, the talk of professionalism is just a carry forward of the same.

    Lack of morality, yes, we love calling the same as professionalism!

    We justify a lot of wrongs in similar fashion.
     
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    I am very clear on this that victim should be helped and than filming to provide the evidence in the court of law. I agree with what "Thakur -Ritesh " has stated in his post.
     
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    TRji, hypocrisy coupled with self interest in any situation. What's humanity?
     
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    Even in the school curriculum one should start teaching the same, I wonder why and what for do the schools or even parents take the pains in differentiating right from wrong. Kids should be made prepared for the practical world.

    Even if a murder/mass murder or rapes or more such acts serve our purpose, should be taught and laws should be changed because that is the way the world works.

    At least by doing that we will get one thing right, we won't tell our kids one thing, but when the situation comes, expect something else. Though I wonder why do we have a problem when someone else does the same to us, that person was also being a hypocrite and working in self interest or is it just us who have a right of being one?
     
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    The duty of a human being is to help another human being in danger, everything else comes after that. I fully agree with TRji, would the camera person have kept rolling if the victim were his loved one.
    Hiding cowardice with excuses of professionalism doesn't show his morality in a good light. Better to have saved the girl from her molesters than to have watched her being put through her ordeal merely to garner air time.
     
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    I believe in the Assam molestation case, the journalist was encouraging the mob so that the footage could be sensational.
     
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    That makes him a co accused. Wonder why his mugshot isn't up there with the other culprits. Someone mentioned a Congress link. Anyone?
     
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    In such situations, the natural instinct would be helping immediately. You really need a life experience of duplicity to be able to suppress that. Sad reality of India.
     
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    A story in my dad's life:

    He was an inspector with Indian Railways then. There was a visit by the Railway Minister at Patna Station. As the minister was inspecting the station, one reporter opened a tap and let water flow and took a picture, with the flowing water in foreground and the minister (oblivious of the opened tap) in the background. His obvious intention was to write a sensational story the next day on wastage of water. Anyway, my dad ran up and grabbed him, and he was eventually subdued with he help of other RPF jawans. Nobody gave a tupenny stuff about his 'press' status. Needless to say, his camera was confiscated. :D
     
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    Apparently this was a `manufactured` event at the cost of the poor girl though. Pasting a comment from another site -

     

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