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In best interest of viewers, reporter continually asks disaster victims to clearly describe their feelings

05, May 2015 By Pagla Ghoda

Jombaji Village, MP: Keeping viewers best interest in mind and upholding the highest journalistic standards veteran journalist Ms. Lovleena Jangid has been asking some really incisive and clarifying questions to victims of recent floods in Jombaji Village. Ms. Jangid was apparently at her journalistic best when touring the flood ridden farm-lands and devastated residential areas.

Below is a series of dissecting but completely necessary questions which were asked to people of Jombaji village, to understand the on-ground situation better:

A reporter feeling the pain of a man struck with natural disaster
A reporter feeling the pain of a man struck with natural disaster

Man: Yes my house is completely devastated in floods

Reporter: How are you feeling now? Can you please repeat for our viewers?

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Reporter: अपने सगे सम्बन्धियों को खो देने के बाद कैसा महसूस कर रहे हैं आप? ज़ोर से बोलिए, आपकी आवाज़ ठीक से नहीं आ रही

(How are you feeling after losing your loved ones? Please be loud, your voice is not clear)

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Reporter: अरे आपके सर से तो खून बह रहा है? कैसा लगा रहा है आपको?

(Oh your head is bleeding? How are you feeling right now?)

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Reporter: आपका तो सब बर्बाद हो गया है, कैसा महसूस कर रहे हैं अब?

(Everything you had is devastated, what are your feelings right now?)

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Reporter: How many of your kids have died 2 or 3?

Man: 2

Reporter: Sir you said 3 earlier? Can you please be specific?

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Reporter: Can you describe for our viewers here how did your mother die? What was her name?

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Reporter: अच्छा आपकी आँखों के सामने आपके घरवालों की मृत्यु हुई? पहले कौन मारा गया? साफ़ साफ़ बोलिए

(Ok so your family died in front of your eyes? Who died first? Please speak clearly)

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Man: Yes I lost my whole family, 10 of them

Reporter: Cameraman, can you please focus here, leave that 4 dead family members guy alone

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Reporter: The man whose body was found there, is he your father or brother? Can u please identify?

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While social media users showcased significant outrage on these otherwise innocent information-gathering questions, Ms Jangid also clarified her actions later during a panel debate on a news channel. Speaking on the feelings of flood victims and why viewers need to understand those feelings, she said:

“If we show any feelings out there, on-ground zero, then the feelings of the victims will mix with our feelings and it will be a complete chaos of feelings which our viewers will not be able to comprehend. So over a period of time we end up loosing any feelings we had before we took-up reporting. Finally someone has to ask the tough questions and who is better than us to do so.”