Live Television Reveals the Truth Behind Tragedy

As everyone must know by now, eight Hong Kong tourists were tragically killed in Manila earlier this week after they were held hostage by a local gunman. Since there are many reports available from the major news outlets already, I would like to present a commentary from the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao instead. The article titled “Live Television Reveals the Truth Behind Tragedy” by columnist 郭繾澂 was published in their entertainment section on the 26th. It examines the role of the media  in events such as this one.

(Please note the below is a general translation of the original commentary. The opinion expressed here does not necessarily represent that of Cpopaccess writers. For questions and comments, please kindly direct them to myself.)

"Live Television Reveals the Truth Behind Tragedy"

The Filipino President openly criticized television networks and radio stations for broadcasting live coverage on the Hong Kong tourist group tragedy, saying it allowed the gunman to learn the latest on the police’s assault, resulting in a failed rescue.

Someone might believe this if the comment was made in the 60s or 70s, but hearing it today, it is downright ignorant.

During the Po Sang Bank hostage crisis in 1970s Hong Kong, live coverage was already available. Decades later, as global communication advances, whenever there are major incidents, the media always rush to the scene immediately, and transmit the latest situation from the on site.

Regardless if it’s the gunman or anyone else, all can get a hold of information instantly, this is common sense.  No matter if it’s an accident, a crime, or even a war, they all get exposed under the media’s lenses.

In modern day emergency response, the flow of information should already be included as a factor to be considered, this type of situation should not be obliterated, or even blaming it on the media.

Just imagine, if there was no live broadcast, would the world have witnessed such a clumsy and backward rescue method?

If information was blocked off, some people would have died a even more unclear death.

Even if (they) disregard the reality, then at least watch some movies or TV dramas, many Asian or Western movies have already been made about this topic and scene, no expert is required to see how the rescue mission was laughable and even more pathetic.

What’s laughable was the lack of any precise deployment, what’s sadly pathetic was the sacrifice of lives due to a lack of consideration for the hostages’ safety.

What we thought was common sense, was in fact something the local police and the Filipino President had no idea about, and then even explaining it with such nonsense, how would it not make people angry.

Many hostage rescue missions depicted in movies actually have a certain level of authenticity and feasibility, even when it’s a rotten movie, it still wouldn’t be as rotten as this real life mission.

Because in a rotten movie with a rescue mission theme, it would most likely have a happy ending, rather than the extent of a tragedy like this.

Source: Mingpaonews

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