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Reporters Help Protester Burn Himself To Death

From the UK’s Telegraph:

TV reporters ‘helped protester burn himself to death’

By Rahul Bedi in New Delhi
(Filed: 18/08/2006)

Indian police are investigating a group of television journalists for allegedly helping a man to burn himself to death and filming his agony for broadcast.

Pictures of Manoj Mishra writhing in pain with his back on fire were shown in Bihar state on Tuesday. Mr Mishra later died in hospital from severe burns in the town of Gaya. "We have seized footage clearly showing a group of journalists handing over matches and some inflammable substance, which we later verified to be diesel, to the victim," said PK Sinha, the local police chief. He said five or six journalists would be arrested for "abetment to suicide", which carries a jail term of up to 10 years.

Officials said the victim, a delivery man for a dairy firm, was protesting because his wages had not been paid. His employers deny the claim.

Journalists from the local television channel deny involvement in the death.

Reuters? The AP?

I simply can’t believe that photographers would ever do such a thing.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 18th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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