A Pakistani reporter on Friday took reporting to a whole new 'deadly' level. The level here, though, was a few feet under the ground, as the Express News reporter carried out an 'exclusive' from inside Abdul Sattar Edhi's grave, according to a tweet that went viral.
The reporter faced severe ridicule and backlash from Twitter users for his 'shameful' and 'unethical' act, reports The Indian Express.
— Kamil Khan Marwat (@KKhanMarwat) July 9, 2016
U shdn't have shared it.Our TV will have reporters "live" on funeral pyres. Can't let Pakistanis be stupider than us.
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) July 9, 2016
Sab sey pehley Express News par!Reporter reaches Edhi's grave before him.
Get this idiot thrown in a mental ward.
— NadeemFarooqParacha (@NadeemfParacha) July 9, 2016
While Pakistan mourned over the loss of its beloved humanitarian and philanthropist who passed away at the age of 88 on 8 July in Karachi, the said reporter decided to give details of Edhi's burial to his viewers from the grave in which Edhi's body is to be buried, reports DNA.
While this act brings to the fore the issue of although extensively preached, but grossly devalued 'ethics of journalism', this is not the sole instance of bizarre reporting.
Indian media too has had its fair share of ridiculous reportage. Back in 2015, while disaster-hit Chennai experienced the worst floods, leaving thousands homeless, an anchor from Tez news channel, part of the India Today group, decided to cover the floods not on the ground, but with a little help from GFX.
The anchor, reported the horrific conditions in Chennai, from the studio, with graphics of her standing in sometimes ankle-length and other times alarmingly waist-deep muddy water. The anchor claimed that the motive of the graphics were not to alarm, but instead to warn people of the dangerous situation in Chennai.
Despite the channel's claimed well intentions, it faced widespread flak on social media for indulging in a gimmick meant to sensationalise, at a time of such acute distress.
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