But video clips, photographs of his capture followed by killing bring the disturbing images of his last moments alive. The debate looms large on whether it was required for broadcasters or publications to go over the board with their images and commentary?
This post though delayed by a day is no opinion but an attempt to understand if these images of a blood stained Gaddafi were required or not?
In a situation where the world was looking for whereabouts of the longest reigning dictator gone into hiding, proof was required.
But how much is too much is something that creates a difference of opinion.
A superb slide show in Huffington post ensured that the post isn’t irrelevant even as I write. Front pages of various newspapers worldwide are showcased to show how the news which indeed was the global lead story captured by newspapers.
Headlines varied, “No Mercy for Merciless Tyrant,” “With Gadafi gone, Libya Exhales,” “Don’t shoot,”…..straight ones to some like “That’s for Lockerbie, Yvonne Fletcher and IRA Semtex victims”, “Gadhafi’s Bloody End,” and variants.
To these the pictures add the sense of war or sensation or can’t say what. Some bloodstained face close-up, some with fighters gleefully being pictured with his dead corpse, some showing him being captured and later killed to other gruesome options.
There are others saner versions, soldiers jubilant, Libyans celebrating, archival picture of the colonel with words doing the talking.
The news itself was so powerful that words and pictures were mere add ons, so the question arises, was it required?
One can understand the websites and news channels arguing that apart from editorial lines it was also a case of competition and eyeballs.
In my limited understanding another reason would have been that if these guys wouldn’t have published, still these images and videos would have reached people within minutes via social media.
So was that also a consideration, that when something is already going to be out why not join the party.
Feel each one has its own reason, but for me the gruesome display of war took away sanctity of news and reporting, but may be I am still old-fashioned when it comes to news.
Replies most welcome and appreciated, for I would like to understand why such a reaction.