An Indian journalist is being criticized for filing a news report from the shoulders of a flood victim in Uttarakhand where almost 1,000 people lost their lives.
Narayan Pargaien who works for Indian news channel News Express, has denied the allegations that he ‘exploited’ the man and said that the flood victim willingly offered his shoulders because he ‘wanted to show respect.’
Pargaien admitted in an interview that his actions were ‘journalistically wrong’ but the man wanted him to report his suffering after the flood hit his home and destroyed his livelihood. Also, the reporter put the blame on the cameraman saying, “This was entirely the cameraman’s fault, who, it seems, almost tried to sabotage my career by shooting from that distance and angle and releasing the video mocking this whole incident, and making me the villain.”
The reporter, in the interview also revealed that he had been working as a journalist for Indian print media for almost eighteen years and had only joined electronic media two years ago.
While Pargaien’s actions go completely against journalism ethics and he has himself admitted that, one cannot overlook the fact that this might just not be the reporter’s fault. People belonging to certain castes in India behave somewhat similarly as the flood survivor and show extreme respect towards individuals from towns and cities or people who are learned and educated and belong to higher castes.
So someone who has actually been to India would probably understand Narayan Pargaien’s position.
You can watch the controversial news report in the video above.