Media: Nobody has the right to capitalise on anybody’s grief

Nobody has the right to capitalise on anybody’s grief. Cameras must stay away from mass funerals and display respect at all times to the dead and those in mourning.’’ – Shobba De

While reporting the earthquake in Nepal, some discreditable acts done by Indian media have been criticised worldwide seeking responsible journalism. Indian media person simply forgot that they were reporting devastating calamity where people were in unbearable pain of losing family member, destroying houses, injured badly, no food, no water and even on going terror of tremor and aftershocks. It seems indian media was totally new on how to report such grief.

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Due to the massive 7.8 richter scale of earthquake, more than 7,000 people died and more than 14,000 people were injured. It was and is a time to show great sorrow, sympathy, empathy and humanity, but Indian media is constantly giving them more ‘‘pain’’. Because of those few scaremongers, tabloid raw journalist, who actually don’t know what is journalism, Indian image was internationally damaged despite India’s help and efforts.

In a blog post on CNN, Sunita Shakya of Nepali origin express her feeling on Indian media’s reporting – ‘‘I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart for the help your country has provided at this time of crisis in my country, Nepal. All the Nepalese in and outside of the country are thankful to your country.

However, me being a Nepali outside from my motherland, when saw your news and news reports, my heart cried and hurt more than those destruction caused by 7.9 Richter magnitude of earthquake.’’ Because “Your media and media personnel are acting like they are shooting some kind of family serials.”  See also on online IndiaTimes how they react.

How did they report?  

Soutik Biswas, BBC Delhi correspondence, reports (Source courtesy:  BBC World)

‘‘A reporter seized a wounded survivor and paraded her in front of the cameras rather than putting some cloth to stop the bleeding. Another one asked a woman whose only son was buried under a wreck, “How do you feel?”

Yet another kept asking rescue workers what technology they were using at work. In a quake-hit village, a reporter worked up a veritable hysteria, asking affected villagers what their government was actually doing for them.

Many in Nepal believe that the air force was more interested in rescuing stranded Indians rather than helping evacuate quake affected people

There were allegations that the air force planes had virtually taken control of the airport, thus slowing down other international aid efforts. Also many in Nepal feel that the “outsized” coverage of the Indian effort had put to shade heroic efforts made by the Nepalese army, its armed police and the beleaguered local officials who have tried their best to work in very difficult circumstances.

Why is Indian media facing a backlash in Nepal?

“The shrillness, jingoism, exaggerations, boorishness and sometimes mistakes in coverage have rankled the host community,”- Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor of Himal Media said

‘‘Why is India becoming ‘no country for honest journalism?” – Prannoy Roy, chief of NDTV news,

“India, anyway, is often criticised in Nepal for the involvement of its government in Nepal’s internal politics,” says The growing backlash against the India media has added fuel to the ire.- Yubaraj Ghimire, Senior Editor said

“Our media continues to embarrass and dismay India.”  India’s former minister Shashi Tharoor

Anger of Indian People

Prasanna KC twitted @KC_Prasanna that– ‘‘An indian news reporter to a mother who’s learnt her only son has been buried under their house. Q. How do you feel?’’

Kejriwal Fan Club twited @KejriwalFanCIub that Nepalis Brothers are trending #GoHomeIndianMedia , It proves Nepalis have more brain than Indians to understand Media’s paid propaganda.

Sobhaa De, Write/Columnist writs on NDTV- ‘‘Indian media – this is a serious wake-up call! Pay attention to what Nepal is saying…. and change your offensive approach… Should Indian media apologise? Why not? If we have hurt the feelings of those we were helping, it’s the least we can do…There are a few lessons we can learn from the social media outrage. What our inexperienced television reporters need is a crash course in how to cover human tragedy. There are certain ground rules that must be followed. Nobody but nobody has the right to capitalise on anybody’s grief. Cameras must stay away from mass funerals and display respect at all times to the dead and those in mourning. Is that too much to ask? ’’

Because of those few scaremongers, tabloid raw journalists who actually don’t know what are journalism due to what – Indian media is facing flak for its coverage of the earthquake disaster in Nepal with complaints in the social media that it was treating the tragedy as a “public relations exercise” on behalf of the Indian government. Indian Express

Public campaign against scaremongering
Public campaign against scaremongering

Nepali people shows unity against atrocity

As an anger Nepali people shows  great unity against atrocity of Indian media by joining #GoHomeIndianMedia on Twitter which was becomes top #Twitter trend. ‘’By Sunday evening #GoHomeIndianMedia, which was created on Twitter for slamming the Indian media, was the top trending hashtag in Nepal with more than 60,000 tweets on the topic.’’

The relief aid and support provided by India and Indian people is incredible. But this is a negativity created by some India journalist between the two countries and their people are their responsibility, so they should apologize with Nepalese victims.


The media have to decide: Do they see their role as being to inflame or to inform? Because in the end, it comes down to a combination of trust and leadership. David Puttnam, Film Producer


Truth is never binary. Truth is a value. Truth is emotional, it’s fluid, and above all, it’s human. No matter how quick we get with computers, no matter how much information we have, you’ll never be able to remove the human from the truth-seeking exercise, because in the end, it is a uniquely human trait.- Markham Nolan


Feature Image : BBC

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