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Friday, August 18, 2006

If you can't find news to report...

... create it. Reuters reports:
A group of Indian television journalists gave a man matches and diesel to help him commit suicide in order to get dramatic footage which was later broadcast on the news, police said on Thursday.

The man died from severe burns to his body in hospital in Gaya town in the eastern state of Bihar on August 15, India's Independence Day.


"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," acting Gaya police chief P.K. Sinha told Reuters by telephone.
I'm sure these gentlemen got a pat on the back from their boss in the studio. "Well done, well done," their bossie must have said. "But we should have got another angle in. You should have shot another take from a top angle."

(Link via email from reader Vikram Chandrashekar.)
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