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Journalist shouts at ISRO scientist, says sorry

Saturday, September 7, 2019 • Telugu Comments

Moments after ISRO lost touch with Vikram, the moon lander, some of its scientists held a presser to brief the media about the status of Chandrayaan-2. At the presser, a journalist named Pallava Bagla yelled at DP Karnik, a scientist who was taking questions.  He asked why the chief of ISRO was not present at the presser.  His loud and disrespectful voice has frustrated many in the country.  "What could the ISRO scientist have said within minutes of events of such complexity, except to say we are analyzing data?" a social media influencer asked.

Following the controversy, the journalist has apologized.  "My sincere and heartfelt apologies to Mr D P Karnik for having inadvertently raised my voice to ask a question in the media room last night. I have sought apologies from him personally and this is to let the larger community know I have tremendous respect for ISRO," he said.

The journalist added, "I have tremendous respect for ISRO which I have often described as an 'Island of Excellence'. Sorry, guys, my behaviour did not conform with my own standards or the organisation I work for. It won't happen again."

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