Comments on: Delhi blasts: A reporter’s dilemma http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: B.Lavanya http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-2067 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:17:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-2067 i think every what you did was right,its your ultimate duty to inform others and you did!no regrets need to be there.you did what was required of you then as a journalist.rather it is appreciable that the incident didn’t really make you sit and ponder over what was happening and what you should do and no sentiments came in and you followed your profession.

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By: Sonal http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1874 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 06:31:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1874 When i watched the news that day on TV, all the channels were repeatedly showing the dead body of a woman and an injured man nearby. The first thought that came to my mind was why the hell the person shooting this cant help the injured man.

Maybe its right to say that reporters are bound by their duty but isnt it a matter of life and death where we can clearly decide the priority.

Why do reporters are always able to reach on time and to the place where help is required but why cant help reach first?

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By: Joel Adams http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1862 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 15:26:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1862 ……ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.
Another question the world press can ask itself. “If terrorism is propaganda of the deed, then do we have a responsibility to NOT report these incidents, as reporting them furthers the killers’ design?” This is not a suggestion, just a question.

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By: Leonard Walstad http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1861 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 14:55:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1861 Why would knowing the person who is injured affect whether you should have helped or not? Clearly, you should have helped rather than run away.

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By: vanchiprakash http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1860 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 13:32:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1860 While appreciating your attachment to the journalist job, I feel that you should have lent a helping hand to save life. The pictures are not very important and this will only provoke the anger or will make us more sorrow. Instead you should have engaged yourself in the act of lending a helping hand and described the incidents later.

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By: Doug http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1856 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 05:12:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1856 What if we were not in such a rush to publish the “news” of attacks like this? Isn’t this the purpose of inhumane attacks like this, to attract attention to one’s self or their “cause”. What if they got no press coverage?

We as humans tend to gravitate towards the gruesome, and the terror vendors use that to gain attention and notoriety. How about we stop making it “news”?

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By: Chhaya http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1844 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:25:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1844 As I went through all the comments, I just wondered whether all the people who appreciated the JOB n DUTY delivered by Meenakshi would remain as sincere and as committed towards their job as a reporter or journalist (if they were one) if someone from their family or their friend is one of the victims in front of their eyes? And if one would still go ahead filming the person just b’coz one swears by her/his DUTY? I am sure…none of us would ever give a damn to our JOB, DUTY or CAMERA at that moment (leave aside the lessons learnt during journalism)!

Another question…..what about all the kind people who selflessly and bravely came up to help the victims…..was it a part of their JOB PROFILES or DUTIES? I am sure those common people who came up to help and rescue, some of them would have been teachers, some shopkeepers, some business people, some IT professionals or anything else and as far as I am aware none of them have SAVING HUMAN LIFE as any of their job responsibilities…..why did they come up to help?

I understand the pressure which must be on reporters like you in a scenario like today’s where hundreds of news channels are competing with each other to come up with the most impressive news and shots. The more distressing and deplorable pictures a news channel shows the more success and appreciation for that channel!! But I swear…I and many others in this country would love to hear stories from news channels describing how their brave reporters, not just delivered best of their duty in a deadly situation but also struggled to save a life or two! I would also love to see some soothing shots of common people coming for rescue of thevictims, lending a helping hand, acting as humans; rather than just those heart shacking scenes of bleeding half naked people crying for help which are so mercilessly and proudly aired by TV channels! Even good things can make news…cant they?

Lets not just be inhuman professionals…let’s put ourselves into the shoes of those who have actually suffered and lost their loved ones in such disasters and then make a comment. Let’s cultivate within ourselves a blend of humanity and professionalism. I think that would be much more satisfying and would prevent many of us from being trapped into dilemmas like the one Meenakshi at the moment is into.

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By: Harjinder Singh http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1843 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:51:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1843 You are a human first and a journalist later. As a human it comes first that you help save some one’s life that is in peril. Reporting about the blast and the death toll comes secondary. You stood true to your job but where do you stand when it comes to humanity? This time you missed helping someone, hence the line “what if a friend was involved?” at the end of your article. This proves that you have got a good inner self. I hope this does not repeat in your life but even if it happens again, listen to your inner self. I believe your pen, paper and camera will take a back seat then.

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By: paloma http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1842 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:07:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1842 You said it. There is a contradiction in being a journalist and being a human being. That’s the reason why journalists fail to capture the reality on the ground.

with or without you telling the world about it the world would have learnt about it. Let’s not kid ourselves, a page one byline is what motivates journos.

Stop shedding crocodile tears. Leave that for the activists. And if you want ever to be a human being forget the glory of a byline and jump in to help someone.

You don’t have to wait for the next explosion, you can be a human being even today.

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By: rishi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-1841 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 09:20:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/09/17/delhi-blast-a-reporters-dilemma/#comment-1841 like a case study, there are no right or wrong answers!

if i would have been in your place, i would have immediately started helping and would have in the mean time started calling my colleagues to come at the particular place and lend a hand. as far as breaking story is concerned, others were any how going to do!
also, i would have called my family members to know about their ware abouts!
but then, neither i am a reporter nor i was at the scene :)

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