Friday, August 14, 2009

Insensitive Media: Invasion of Privacy

Family upset
Bangalore: High drama prevailed in front of the Karnataka`s first H1N1 victim’s house when mediapersons tried to speak to family members. When a cameraperson of an English news channel tried to barge into the house & shoot images of the house, the upset family members tried to shoo him away. But when he refused to back off, they threw a chair on him from within their compound. The cameraperson, who was injured in the face, lodged a police complaint.
Why is the media so insensitive towards privacy? Why do they think that it is their right to barge into homes/ hospitals without permission?

3 comments:

VENU VINOD said...

were you there at the time of the incident? how can u conclude that cameraman had tried to barge into the house? the clipping clearly says he was shooting from the roadside..keep your facts right Doctor.

Dr Kiran K V Acharya said...

Dear Venu Vinod...
See how it hurts when one reports first and verifies later!
Anyway, please remember that whether your house or your image, before it is shot it is the basic courtesy to ask for permission...

Would you like to be photographed/ videographed without permission, that too when you are mourning the loss of a dear family member?

As for recording from road side...With advanced digital cameras, you can shoot/zoom in from roadside , the interior of your bedroom as well!

Suddendeath said...

I totally agree with Dr. Acharya. Even if someone does not actually enter your house, they have no right to photograph it. It is common on tourist destinations to see groups pf young men taking photos of girls on their mobile phone. Is that correct? just because they r taking the photos from a distance does not give them the right to do so.