Gravely inappropriate: Pakistani journalist reports on Edhi death from 6ft under
Express news reporter reporting live from Edhi's grave. Sick Pakistani media. pic.twitter.com/Ql0gNbJgC1— Sheharyar Goraya (@gorayaism) July 9, 2016
The reporter who is from Express News, appeared to be informing his viewers of the details of tragic news from the grave of Pakistan’s most notable philanthropist, who passed away on July 8, aged 88.
Text displayed in Urdu on the screen says: “Karachi, inside the last resting place of the servant of humanity, Abdul Sattar Edhi.”
The grave itself had been dug some 25 years ago by the social activist in Edhi village in Karachi and is where he was buried following afternoon prayers on Friday.
Media networks in Pakistan have been providing round-the-clock coverage of the story since news emerged of Edhi’s death, but the Express News reporter chose to break new ground in a more tasteless way.
Executive news directer of the company apologized for the report.
Fahd Husain said the clip "violated all social and journalistic ethics and should not have gone on air."
1/4 Last night at 3.45am a clip was aired once on Express News in which one of our reporters was lying inside the grave prepared for Edhi sb— Fahd Husain (@Fahdhusain) July 9, 2016
2/4 The clip was pulled off air as soon as it was brought to the notice of the editorial management— Fahd Husain (@Fahdhusain) July 9, 2016
3/4 The clip violated all social & journalistic ethics & should not have gone on air. We are taking action against those responsible— Fahd Husain (@Fahdhusain) July 9, 2016
4/4 we apologise to our viewers for hurting their sentiments and assure them of our commitment to the highest standards of journalism— Fahd Husain (@Fahdhusain) July 9, 2016
Edhi is known as a national icon to many and provided decades of charitable relief for the poor. His humble and simplistic lifestyle gained him the reputation as Pakistan’s leading philanthropist and he was also nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.
He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013 and his health declined.
Twitter users had a lot to say about ethics, journalists and how far some reporters will go to get a story.
Reporting from Edhi's grave shows how unethical and unprofessional Pakistani media is.— Fiza (@fizamari) July 9, 2016
Journalism reporting live from its grave pic.twitter.com/vjv5eVLIuV— Suckularism (@SupariTroller) July 9, 2016
Edhi sb grave seems narrow and dark but he's alright.— Altaf B. (@AltafBe) July 9, 2016
--Express News reporting live from neighboring grave
Others, were sarcastic in their responses, but had some good points.
@JunejoAqsa Isspaar ho ya usspaar ho..Media is capable of doing anything...— Raghavendra Kumar (@Raghu6515) July 9, 2016
Why would a reporter get into Edhi's grave? How can these people be so immature?— Danyal. (@YarDanyal) July 9, 2016
Over 35,000 people gathered in Karachi for the funeral to bid the charity worker a final farewell.