Channel Seven’s show “Sunday Night” has been slammed for exploiting the natural disaster in Nepal after advertising an episode to show this coming Sunday about Australian actor/ singer Hugh Sheridan and his search for his little brother who was at Nepal during the tragic earthquake.
I feel for Sheridan, having two younger brothers myself. His panic must’ve been unbearable. The relief to find that his brother survived must’ve been immense. However, the question remains, how should the media handle such disasters like the one Nepal and even the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran in Indonesia this week?
Also this week, there was a backlash against ABC reporter and The Project’s co – host Waleed Aly after he condemned Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Federal Police for not doing all they could to save convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran only 24 hours or so since they were shot by firing squad. There was a huge backlash against Aly, including on Twitter. He has since apologised for his statement.
So, I have a question for you, especially those who work in the media. How should journalists and commentators deal with tragic events and controversial stories?