Sunday, May 13, 2007

Cameras and human life

An article in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn (URL: has the following:

> Many camerapersons were injured and their expensive
> cameras smashed while they were beaten up.

Expensive cameras? One wonders whether they were sleek as well? Perhaps at the cutting edge of photographic technology?

Why is the cost of these inanimate, mass-produced objects of relevance, when their bearers were attacked and hurt?

Especially puzzling, for this is an article that starts with "At least 34 people were killed and over 140 others injured...."

Human tragedy, and we are told of expensive cameras. I can understand that some journalists value their own kind above the populace. That they should so prefer their equipment is a little shocking.

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