Ethics??? can u define them…

07 Aug

>What should a press reporter do when there is a bomb blast….??? should he report that news so that the world knows about it or should he take part in the rescue operation…
>What should a doctor do when a medico-legal case comes to his hospital…???
should he start treating the patient or wait for the legal clearance…

we all may have different opinions on these issues…. there is always a dispute between professional commitment and moral obligations… but this dispute became a wide discussed issue because of one photograph which fetched Pulitzer prize to the photographer…. but the issue of concern is the same photograph forced himself to commit suicide just few days after he received the Pulitzer….
KEVIN CARTER, a free-lance photo journalist from south africa was never even a reputed photographer in his own country before 26th march,1993. one of his photographs got published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on 26th march,1993…. looking at that the whole world was shocked….
carter was in SUDAN to report the famine in march 1993. there he was taking the photographs of the famine affected people and places…. he found a little girl resting on the ground for a while on her way to the UN rescue center which is few meters away from that place…. suddenly he observed a vulture landing behind that girl. As a professional photographer any one would love to take that picture,more over carter was in the field of media where rare pictures and reports would always be rewarded…. carter wanted the picture to be more appealing so he waited for the vulture to spread its wings…. even after 20 minutes of waiting the vulture didn’t spread the wings… so carter just clicked his camera on the vulture and the girl and left that place…
That photograph became very famous as “THE PHOTOGRAPH WHICH MADE THE WORLD WEEP”. That didn’t just made the world weep but also turned the selfish world to a generous world….. a huge amount of funds were transferred to Sudan famine relief after this photograph was published in TIMES.

This photograph bought KEVIN CARTER a great reputation as a press photographer and more than that he was terribly criticized for not helping that girl to move into the the rescue camp and instead waiting for a better scene….. one of the American news papers by publishing that photograph stated that “we can only see one vulture in the scene but there is one more predator behind the camera adjusting his lens”….this sort of criticism eventually led carter to commit suicide. carter received PULITZER on may 24th 1994, on July 27th 1994 carter left this world….
Though many say that carter need not be blamed and he has done nothing unethical, these arguments were eclipsed by the criticisms and carter was found dead instead of being in a higher position after receiving the PULITZER..
what ever the argument may be, this photograph revealed the actual picture of African hunger to the outside world and indirectly raised many funds for the development of African backward countries…. According to me Kevin carter is one of those who contributed to some cause and was never rewarded,in fact he was killed…..

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Posted by on August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


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