Pi­a­cenza, Italy

Selfie out­rage:

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A pic­ture of an un­known young man tak­ing a selfie at the scene of a rail­way ac­ci­dent last month has pro­voked anger and heart-search­ing in the Ital­ian me­dia. While emer­gency work­ers knelt on the tracks tend­ing to a Cana­dian woman who had been hit by a train, and whose leg later had to be am­pu­tated, the youth posed for a selfie in front of them, ap­par­ently mak­ing a V sign. Po­lice forced him to delete the pic­ture, but said he had not com­mit­ted a crime. In an ar­ti­cle in a Pi­a­cenza news­pa­per head­lined “The bar­barism you don’t ex­pect”, the jour­nal­ist who pho­tographed the scene ar­gued that “we have com­pletely lost a sense of ethics”, while La Stampa con­demned a “can­cer that cor­rodes the in­ter­net”.

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