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Portrayal of service delivery protest by the media

11 February 2014, 07:40

The media has often been blamed, even by our own President Jacob Zuma for almost everything that goes wrong. Some Politician such as Julius Malema, Helen Zille frequently accused the media of misinterpreting them, of framing them, of lying, of wrongfully criticizing them and of not doing what they wish the media to do or achieve.

But when the media now portray the service delivery protest burning tyres and damaging properties, some politicians comes out to support the media in portraying such individuals citing that it is their right to do so. The question remains that why should media portray the protesters in a way that they are currently doing?

The main function of media is to inform the public about what is news worthy and in so doing they should make sure that they do not send the wrong message to the publics. They the media are so quick to report that this number of people died in a clash between the police and the protesters but they the media does not tell us what this individual were doing before they can be shoot. It is their right to protest but when they the protesters then throw police with bricks and burning tyres, what do they expected?

As citizens we continue to label the police as brutal and heartless but we are forgetting that it is the media that portray police as brutal and the protester as innocent individuals. When our media portray protests burning tyres, they encourage other citizens to also burn tyres because our people are good in copying. The way our media portray the service delivery protesters, it is clear that some are pushing certain political agendas.

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