A continuation from my previous article:
"NOT" Unethical Pictures of Car Accident from Kenny Sia
Please read the above before proceeding.
Let's see what the man has to say in his blog:
KENNY SAID: The guy is the real hero because...? He chanted some Muslim prayers to a dead girl? Please explain why you think the man holding the dead girl after we have already ascertained that they were no survivors is a real hero.
This is the photo.
Yes, he is a hero. He helped the victims in need, dirtied his hands while SOMEBODY took picture for his blog (consumerism).
KENNY SAID: I took photos during my father's funeral as well. There is nothing wrong in that.
COMMENT: The pictures that he took wasn't funeral photos. Wonder why he answered it this way.
KENNY SAID: There is no need to ask. It is a news item. Does newspaper need permission to ask when reporting the news? For God's sakes, the family is grieving you still wanna ask that type of question? And for your information, The Borneo Post posted the news item on their website first before I did. Do you think they asked?
This is Borneo Post picture, no blood, after the accident. China Press posts similar pictures as Borneo Post.
This is Kenny's picture of a victim, with blood, leg and pain. Taken EXACTLY at the accident scene.
So, which picture will make the family suffer the most? You judge yourself. Are they the same genre of pictures? No, right?
He hasn't quite replied that if he were the one involved in the accident, would he be able to accept it that we are taking his picture provided he is dead.
If he say it is ok, then we can understand where he is coming from.
So far he is avoiding the question. Wonder why?
Is he doing it for consumerism? Is his blog getting money for hits? Will this kind of pictures generate hits?
KENNY SAID: I helped before I took any photos.
COMMENT: Refer pictures above and read below on consumerism and whether he can accept his photo being taken in that way (read above).
KENNY SAID: In this situation, if they are still alive they would be crying, or screaming, or making movement. If they are unconscious then they are in no danger of becoming dead. As long as the area is safe (ie, no danger of the car blowing up), it is perfectly alright to leave the unconscious inside the car.
COMMENT: An unconscious but STILL alive person would not be crying nor screaming nor make any move. An unconscious person MAY NOT be a dead person. Look at his answer. That is how he assumed they are dead. Guess what, he said he had first aid skills. He has not answered us on how he made the diagnosis on whether they are dead or otherwise. Wonder why?
Keep on snapping pictures for consumerism and blog after that.
He said he panicked, but the strange thing is, his pictures look perfectly well. Perhaps, panicky makes good pictures.
KENNY SAID: You can name me EVERY SINGLE code of ethics that press photographers follow and I can prove to you that I followed EVERY SINGLE one of them. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF THEM.
Let's read what comes from NickTay's blog:
Journalist Creed: http://journalism.missouri.edu/about/creed.html
Sentence 1: "I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid.... "
Sentence 2: "I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided ....... "
Perhaps, we should all read and understand what Sentence 2 REALLY means. Perhaps, Kenny should tell us that those pictures on his blog is not available for consumerism? From what I gather, Kenny gets some money from his blog, not sure, maybe a rumour. How did Kenny get the Samsung X something something to take the pictures by the way? You tell me.
Ladies and gentlemen, should we capitalise suffering? Can we justify it is OK to take pictures of the dead (without the face, but with blood and body) draw hits for our site and use it for consumerism? Is it ethical to do so?
If you were involved in an accident, would you want to have such photo of yours taken and be used for consumerism in blogs?
The picture: http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/2007/20070518-6.jpg
Should we respect the dead and the family of the deceased? Is it tasteful or distasteful to do such a thing?
I do not know, you decide and judge.
The meaning of 'Consumerism':
1) A materialistic attachment to possessions
2) An economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy
Monday, May 21, 2007
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