Foreign Media Reacts to Mumbai Terror Attacks of 11/26

Here is a Google Map of the attack sites in Mumbai


Dozens Reporterd Dead in India Attacks: The state’s highest ranking police official, A.N. Roy, said the attackers, armed with machine guns and grenades, opened fire and disappeared. Local television reported deaths tolls as high as 80, none of them could be confirmed and the police were yet to give an official count of their own. [NYT ]


Multiple attacks kill and wound scores in Mumbai: Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India’s financial capital, killing at least 78 people and wounding at least 200, officials said Thursday.

Among the dead was Hemant Karkare, chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai, Indian television channels reported.[IHT]

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  6. rajeshree on November 29th, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    These are some questions for all the media that believed it was their duty to be at the terror spots…………..

    While you reported from these trouble locations and it was being shown live on channels across the country, did it ever occur to you, that could be:

    The terrorists holed up in there where also watching you
    Maybe they could see when the authorities or commandos where closing up on them and hence could change tact because you were their eyes and ears on the grounds
    Maybe seeing successful escapes they would take out their anger on hostages in their grasp
    Maybe seeing the rabbi’s son had escaped, they were angered enough to shoot the parents – today moshe is an orphan, are you sure your action was not the reason
    Maybe seeing that commando’s were now on the roof, their options were getting limited and they were getting desparate
    The information of where they were from given evidence picked up from credit cards founds etc. was out there and hence they needed to destroy phone records or any other possible evidence they have with them
    Did it ever occur to you that because of your huge presence (how can the authorities discriminate) they could not stop civilians from crowding trouble spots
    Did it ever occur to you that because you were so close, the NSGs actions had to be controlled in case the terrorists trained any of their weapons on the media crowd
    Did you know that you were the main reason that by standers were there and hence put at risk the entire operations

    Most of you will go to sleep thinking you did a great job at your coverage, but think back, are your sure anything you did saved even one life – and think even harder, are you sure your coverage did not cost some people their lives? If I were you, I won’t be so sure.

    In a crisis like this what is the media’s role – for certain, the roles you played this time around did not save any lives or help anyone in trouble. Not one of you took the effort to go hospital to hospital and flash names of victims so that relatives knew where to go…. Not one of you urged citizens to donate blood or anything else that was required….. you were nothing but bystanders who did not think twice about capitalizing on the dead or soon to be dead.

    Our problems are many, from our lousy politicians, failed political system, crazed people on the loose etc…. but we are even more disadvantage when what should be the voice of the people are nothing but a bunch of people who will compromise any situation for their own selfish commercial reasons.

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