Satisfied with TV coverage of the Bhoja Air crash?

Do people realise how television works? Are viewers aware of the challenges of reporting tragedies?

Atika.rehman April 25, 2012
As the Bhoja Air plane went up in flames on Friday evening, so did tempers within the Pakistani social media crowd.

Along with the “RIP all victims of Bhoja Air crash” status updates on Facebook, there were angry tweets questioning why television channels aired the passenger list and why images of the crash site were being aired.

It seemed that it was easier for people to direct their fury at the media for being “sensational, insensitive and unethical”.

Some from the media circle, however, defended the coverage and retaliated by saying that the reporters were doing their jobs.

This brings to light a few questions: do people realise how television works? Are viewers aware of the challenges of reporting tragedies?

I asked The Express Tribune staff a few questions and recorded them in the video above. Their answers were varied and interesting, especially since they are journalists who have a good understanding of the breaking news cycle.

I hope you can join in and add to the debate.

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open land in ajman | 10 years ago | Reply That was very horrible moment.I can't forget this airline crash .It is just because ,this is pakistan.It is failure of our govt. open land in ajman
Hameed Langraw | 11 years ago | Reply Atika Rehman!!!! I have just gone through your this blog, I want to tell you & others who have commented here without using their minds I WAS THERE ON THE SPOT TO REPORT THIS SAD INCIDENT. THERE WAS RAIN,TRAFFIC JAM,NO LIGHT,HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RUSHING TO REACH AT THE SPOT, ARMY VEHICLES...THEIR RESTRICTIONS.. Bhoja Airplane crashed at distance of 15KM from GT Road,or hum MOST OF THE Journalists or you can say REPORTERS...We reached there on our foots.. We were doing our Job..& we have done with sincerity & professionally,jo humse pocha gya,wo humne report kia. Crticize karna bht asaan hai jo yahan pe log beth k kar rahe hain...Main challenge kar k kehta hun k mere sath 3 hours dhoop main khare ho lain protest cover karne k liye.. ATIKA APP KO JOURNALISTS K VIEWS LAINE HI THAE TO APP QAMAR se laiti jis ne EXPRESS PE LIVE COVERAGE DI FIRE BRIGADE KI GARI PE CHARH K,SHERYY BHAI SE LAITI JO WAHAN THAE,Ye jo AC ROOMS main beth k comments daite hain..or Journalism k Pillars bante hain....inhen logun ko cameras ki fikr to hoti hai par reporters ki nai..........
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