A particular clip of Kumar questioning a BJP leader allowed inside the ICU of a hospital in Muzaffarpur — even as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was present there — is making the rounds online, prompting people to call Kumar a hero.
In the video, Kumar is seen grilling the politician, asking him why he had been allowed into a space barred to the public and the media.
Kumar asks the the BJP leader why he was sitting in the nurse’s chair. “Are you a doctor?”
The reporter’s relentless questioning of the BJP worker’s presence prompts enough embarrassment for him to step out of the ICU and remove his shoes.
Online, people have hailed the journalist’s work.
Cameraman Kunal and reporter Rupesh Kumar of @TV9Bharatvarsh are my two heroes of the day. May your tribe increase.— Sayantan Ghosh (@sayantansunnyg) June 17, 2019
Word of appreciation for journalists Rupesh Kumar and @ajitanjum for covering muzaffarpur encephalitis case. This is how journalism should be done.— Sudhanshu (@Sudshek) June 17, 2019
Must applaud Rupesh Kumar's n Kunal's bravery. https://t.co/SXICvo8ddb— M.Thirumurthy (@MThirumurthy1) June 17, 2019
Rupesh Kumar and cameramen Kunal of @TV9Bharatvarsh, salute to you guys.— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) June 17, 2019
If every news reporter had the same level of guts and every editor had the same kind of spine to telecast such news, nobody would have coined the term Godi media :)
Rupesh kumar Hats Off to you for your fearless journalism. Keep going sir. we're with you.— Nayeembiz (@nayeembiz) June 17, 2019
This willingness to question the ineffectiveness of public services is typical of Kumar’s reporting.
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