Indian Journalist Slammed for Reporting Atop Flood Victim’s Shoulders


An Indian television journalist has been fired after a news report showing him reporting on devastating floods in northern India while sitting on the shoulders of a presumed local flood victim went viral online.

Narayan Pargaien of news channel News Express was one of a number of media people who quickly reached the flooded areas in the state of Uttarakhand after heavy rains inundated the Sub-Himalayan regions of of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on 17 June, 2013. The locals of the region were severely affected as floods and landslides swept away homes and people alike. Many villages were washed away entirely.
The death toll is estimated to have crossed 1,000 and is expected to rise beyond 5,000.

A significant number of those affected by the floods were also pilgrims and tourists as these areas have many places of religious importance, which attract a large number of pilgrims each year. Many…

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