makes me so mad!
Daily Sun was rapped over the knuckles for publishing photos of the bloodied corpse of a sangoma who had been mob-tortured to death. The image was deemed “too graphic” and “leading to desensitization”.
He cited the example of media coverage of the 1966 assassination of Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, where most newspapers published colour photographs of his bloody body on their front pages.
“The public interest was so overriding that this was deemed to be acceptable,” he said.
“However, this would not have been the case when a largely unknown person was murdered.”
One of those WTF? moments.
Why should it matter how famous a person was (or in the case of Verwoerd, how publicly hated) for the media to publicise the photos of the mutilated corpse?
If seeing the corpse of some poor victim on the front page desensitizes people (I don’t think it does! It shocks them into seeing what is happening), how should seeing the bloodied corpse of some high-level politician not going to desensitize? It’s still a horrific mutilated human corpse.
I say: Let them see it!
Let the world see what our oh-so-politically sensitive “mobs” get up to! The action of the mob is not too “sensitive” to be perpetrated. They deserve no mercy; they deserve justice. (Something this country is a little short on – to quote our worthy prez: “Crime? What crime?”)
On the contrary, well done Daily Sun!
Now please, could you bring more of the same? Could you bring full-colour pictures on front page, of every child that is found dead in the Veld, mutilated and etc? Could you please cover the farm murders with photoshoots, and the devastation left in hospitals after our violent strikes, and the blood and guts after hijackings?
No, I’m not bloodthirsty. I’m sick and tired of it being covered with the political “sensitivity” veneer, “let’s pretend we are just like every civilized nation”. I’d like to see some real blood-and-guts coverage of the slaughter in Kenya’s shopping mall.
Because if we do, maybe, just maybe, some sensitive politicians in some faraway countries will realize what it actually looks like, and be jolted into action.
Because deep down inside I suppose, even a politician is a human being… right? I hope? (… I mean, I’m not sure of this case at all, but call me an optimist?)