in response to the Malaysian Press Institute’s proposal for a special course to
prepare journalists for assignments in war zones, Bernama quoted Dr Latiff as
saying that the ministry welcomed any form of cooperation with MPI.
cannot fight fate. If it’s meant to be, it will be, but the least we can do is
go (to the war zones) with proper equipment and preparation.” The proposal came
about following the death of BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, 39,
while on a humanitarian mission with Putera 1Malaysia Club to Mogadishu,
Defence Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.
to put over us? So now the death of Bernama TV Cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor
their vehicle, Noramfaizul who was sitting by the door was hit by a stray
bullet which pierced his lungs. Another cameraman, Aji Siregar Mazlan, also
ambush itself is fate – nothing could have prevented it from happening. But
what happened before and after the ambush is not fate – it is preparation.
this unfortunate cameraman ever provided with survival training and safety
guidelines when operating in war ravaged Somalia? If he had been then those
safety instructions would have saved his life!
consider cameraman “soft targets” to be used as political pawns for their own
advantage – far easier to take a cameraman as hostage or to kill than to go after armed
soldiers, diplomats or CEO’surrounded by armed bodyguards in armoured vehicles.
a conflict zone without state-of-the –art training such as offered by British
coverage for Putera 1 Malaysia’s club it is their responsibility to reduce the
risk to Noramfaizul by ensuring safety issues were taken care of. It is a
disgrace, if not criminal for them to send Noramfaizul into harm’s way without
proper training, protective gear or clear guidelines as to how far he could go
into danger zones in pursuit of a photograph to be used for political
training, equipment, insurance and counseling and to protect the exposed
cameraman from all the dangers in a war ravaged zone before Noramfaizul even got onto the plane to Somalia.
At a minimum bulletproof vests and armoured
vehicles should have been provided
– money and time should not have been a factor to not do so! No video is worth
getting killed for ! Not even if it was to advance the political ambitions of
this Azeez guy