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"This was entirely the cameraman’s fault..."
A veteran TV news reporter is out of a job after he filed a report from the scene of a major flood while sitting on the shoulders of a victim who had just lost his home.
The footage of Narayan Pargaien's unconventional report for India's News Express went viral in the country earlier this week. The video resulted in his firing after 17 years with the company.
The clip reportedly never actually aired on TV, but officials with the company said in a statement the act represents "grave misconduct which goes against [the] cultural values of our channel."
In the video, Pargaien is seen perched on a man's shoulders reporting on the deadly floods that submerged the northern state of Uttarakhand. The flooding reportedly forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people.
Pargaien later claimed that the man in the video offered to carry him on his shoulders, but the news station said he should have declined the offer.
Now the reporter is claiming the whole thing was an attempt to "sabotage" him by his camera man. He says the camera man was only supposed to be filming him from the waist up.
"This was entirely the cameraman’s fault, who, it seems, almost tried to sabotage my career by shooting from that distance and angle and releasing the video mocking this whole incident, and making me the villain," Pargaien told Metro News.
This story has been updated.
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