Disgusting! M’sian journo pokes MH17 remains with stick — on air
Malaysia Gazette’s chief reporter sticks it to press ethics
Malaysia can now boast of yet another international achievement: membership in the MH17 Journalism Hall of Shame, for a disgusting violation of privacy in death.
The Malaysian act of shame surfaced days after
- British television reporter Colin Brazier apologised for handling a victim’s belongings on air
- the Dutch current affairs show EenVandaag apologised after its reporter Caroline van den Heuvel picked up and read from a diary; and
- the Australian Broadcasting Corporation re-edited a video which had shown its reporter Phil William picking up and lifting wreckage; ABC apologised, Williams didn’t.
Then on Wednesday, Malaysia Gazette, a year-old online news site, posted a video report from eastern Ukraine showing its chief reporter, Khairuddin Mohd Amin, using a stick to poke at what looks like a body part of a victim.
Then the videographer zooms in for a close-up of the charred body part which is shown for several seconds.
You can view the disgusting video at:
The Gazette video above has been removed. It was taken down some time after this posting last night.
Malaysia Gazette also ran this blurb under the video at YouTube:
A linke to the video was also posted at Facebook, where a Gazette follower, Khaled Radzaif, questioned the web site’s lack of ethics:
Malaysia Gazette began operations on Aug 1 last year, one of a handful of well-funded new online web sites set up by Barisan Nasional supporters to counter the influence of dissident and critical voices online, which is believed to have had a major influence in swaying urban public opinion at the 2013 general election.
The web site says it was set up “to meet the challenges in the fast advancing world of cyber journalism” and boasts “a line-up of journalists, photographers and videographers with vast journalism experiences” to present “various dimensions of news”.
It adds: “MalaysiaGazette.Com wants to be the official platform to all Malaysians in presenting well balanced news updates while maintaining the sensitivity of all races and religions.”
After what they did in eastern Ukraine, the question will come to mind: how much lower — with the tacit support and approval of Malaysian officials — can Malaysian standards go?