E3N Security Apologises For Posting Full Tanjong Pagar Accident Footage, Urges Others Not To Share Clip

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E3N Security Warns Against Sharing Tanjong Pagar Accident Footage

Coverage of a tragedy that took place at Tanjong Pagar on 13 Feb has dominated social media and news feeds over the past few days.

Speculation abounded as to the nature of the accident until 16 Feb, when The Straits Times (ST) shared exclusive footage of the accident.

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E3N Security Pte Ltd, a security firm, had apparently released the footage to ST exclusively.

However, a longer version of the clip also surfaced on social media, showing the 26-year-old fiancée of the driver rushing to the car.

The footage later showed her covered in flames.

The security firm has since apologised for posting the full clip, which has “caused unnecessary suffering for the victims’ families”.

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They also urged others to not share the full clip.

E3N Security apologises for uploading full Tanjong Pagar accident footage

In its Facebook post made on Wednesday (17 Feb), E3N Security said it had shared 2 clips of the Tanjong Pagar accident.

However, due to their “administrative error”, they uploaded the full clip.

The clip that ST shared is abridged and lasted 52 seconds, while the full clip lasts for more than 3 minutes.

They’ve asked others to refrain from sharing the clip, which has since made the rounds elsewhere on social media.

No money obtained from ST

E3N Security also made a few clarifications regarding the clip, as follows:

  • Police had requested and obtained a high-res copy of the clip for investigations
  • ST requested for a copy of the clip, which E3N Security sent a low-res version of.
  • ST has exclusive media rights to the clip besides SPF
  • No payment/benefits obtained to release clip to ST
  • E3N Security Pte Ltd owns the clip and are the only ones authorised to release and manage the clip on behalf on the premise owner

Although there are clips online circulating with E3N Security Pte Ltd watermarks, they state that the clips are not by them.

The clips they released do not have any watermarks, they explained.

Requests others to not share clip

As of the time of writing, the Facebook post which shared the original clip has been taken down.

The company has requested other pages and users to not reupload the clip that was downloaded from that post.

They warned that they reserve the right to take “legal measures” against whoever distributes the video without authorisation.

Original post received backlash

The original post was, suffice to say, not taken too kindly by netizens, who noted that the clip could cause distress not only to the victims’ families, but also anyone watching the video due to its graphic nature.

Some also noted that the post appeared to be promoting the company’s products, which netizens thought could be insensitive.

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At least one other Facebook page had shared the full clip, with the E3N Security Pte Ltd watermark present.

A check on that page shows that the clip is now abridged, with the watermark removed.

Not in the public interest to display full clip

There is certainly a time and place to share accident footage, for example, for investigation purposes.

But one can argue that graphic footage is not in the public interest to show, let alone for promotional purposes.

The post was in poor taste and an apology was certainly in order. But we have to draw the line on what is acceptable coverage and what isn’t. The sharing of the full clip clearly fell on the latter.

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Featured image adapted from The Straits Times via Facebook.

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