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Punching Of Photographer Uncalled For

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KUALA LUMPUR – The incident where a local newspaper photographer was punched while covering the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy at the Nirvana Memorial Centre in Sungai Besi, on Sept 2, was uncalled for, said Malaysian Press Photographers Association Adviser (MPPA) Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

“We have to respect each other in whatever circumstances, I am sure the photographer on duty to cover the news had no intention other than doing his work,” he told reporters after launching the ‘Kembara Lensa Murni 2014′, organised by MPPA at the Menara Dato’ Onn premises, Putra World Trade Centre, here yesterday.

Ahmad, who is also the Deputy Minister of Finance, said that the media should be protected and given good cooperation because it is their responsibility to report the news as well as take photographs of incidents to inform the people of current developments.

“That’s one of the risks of being a photographer … I hope those who are out there, either individuals or politicians, need to understand that the media is only doing its duty,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also supported MPPA’s noble efforts through its bikers’ who took the initiative to do good. – Bernama

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