Syrian TV channel’s interview of an orphan next to her mother’s corpse shocks viewers

Micheline Azar, reporting from Daraya. Screen grab from a video report posted to YouTube on August 25.
 
A report circulating widely online from private pro-regime Syrian channel Addounia TV is generating much debate as to the methods used by the channel's journalists.
 
This report, filmed in Daraya after a massacre for which the government and the Syrian Army blame each other, shows journalist Micheline Azar setting the scene to a background of classical music. The cameraman films close-ups of several corpses stretched out on the ground or in cars. “As usual, by the time we arrive at the scene, the terrorists have already done what they do best: committed criminal acts, murdered people... and all in the name of freedom,” says Azar.
 
A few moments later, the journalist casually approaches an elderly woman in agony who appears to be waiting for medical help. Azar extends the microphone with perfectly manicured hands and demands to know who is responsible.
 
 
The reporter is then filmed interviewing children lying alongside a lifeless body in the back of a car. “Who is that?” she asks. “My mother,” replies the little girl, who cannot be more than four or five years old.
 
 
This 14-minute piece has unleashed a wave of furious comments on social networks. The methods practised by the journalist, who “does live broadcasts against a background of dying people”, are being denounced as grossly degrading. One Facebook user commented: “No true professional would interview wounded people before they had been cared for by the emergency services.”
 
The full report was translated into English, here. Warning: these images may shock viewers. 
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Syrian TV channel’s interview of an orphan next to her mother’s

well done to the reporter in that its about time people were shown the brutality being meeted out its appalling utterly appalling and how others can stand by and let it happen and continue is even more appalling it must have nothing that anyone else wants or they would be bursting a gut to get in there!!!!!! GREED - Apalling

Extremely Poor Taste?

Mixed emotions here... while on one hand I find this to be of extremely poor taste of the covering journalist to capitalize on human suffering I can understand the relevance of the news media there to attract attention to these horrific acts. As viewers we are horrified but we still read on. No one likes it but I believe we should be informed in whatever means available to fully understand what the horrors of war always yields. The question is when do we finally get it? When is enough, enough?

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