Sanef in talks over Mandela funeral coverage

2013-12-12 21:42

Qunu - National editors held talks on Thursday with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on media coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape.

"The SA National Editors' Forum [Sanef] is concerned over restrictions of media coverage in Qunu," forum member Adriaan Basson said.

Journalists were being barred from entering the village and taking pictures. They were told to go to the media centre, about 3km from Mandela's homestead.

The restrictions have forced journalists renting houses nearby to find alternative accommodation.

A police officer said: "We were briefed not to allow you access or to let you take pictures. You can go to the white tent," he said, referring to the nearby media centre.

On Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said the media had violated protocols.

"It has... come to our attention that some members of the media have violated the protocols and arrangements that are in place in Qunu, and that this is causing frustration for the authorities and the Mandela family and community of Qunu," said Chabane.

Basson said they were in talks with GCIS and hoped to have an amicable solution soon. Brian Dube of GCIS said there would be a meeting on Friday to discuss coverage and restrictions in the area.

  • SydneyG - 2013-12-12 22:11

    There's only Mandela the world knows; that is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela; the man who rewrote history with his life and testament. He lived his life for all to see and never shunned or even allowed his guards to stop people who wanted to get closer to him. It is scandalous of the Mandelas, now to think the Legend belongs to them only during his hour of his burial! Wait and see, before even the dust settles, the mad rush into Madiba's estate, there'll be court cases after court cases..I won't be shocked at all. Maybe next time, the Madiba family calls a press conference, the media must as far as 3km back from that conference, and return the favour. This is ludicrous and goes against all that the Man stood can the media take pictures from 3km away?

      Tinabtlr - 2013-12-12 22:22

      What can the media possibly gain from a private, cultural burial? Nothing. If he was my family, I would have done exactly the same and more. I would have banned them in total. Mandela retired from public service, remember!

      WildCatSal - 2013-12-12 22:42

      Leonardb1?. Me thinks you are on the right trek. A deal has already been struck.

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-12-12 22:51

      Tina have u forgot the debacle with zuma on tv when he was retired and sick .He allowed the sabc to film him and the family also allowed it most probably for monetary gain .

      Tshepo Korogo - 2013-12-12 23:49

      CNN already got the rights to broadcast the funeral so yes the dollar always speaks.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-12-13 09:34

      My understanding from those involved is that the family has bent over backwards . The memorial service was a public event and no one was barred. The public viewing of Madiba's body for 3 days was another big compromise by the family, and they want the funeral service and burial to be more of a private affair. Can we just not allow them space to do so. To us Madiba was a world icon, but to them he is a father, grandfather, husband, uncle, etc. Please give them space.

  • WildCatSal - 2013-12-12 22:45

    What a load of cods wallop! I don't believe anything that is said anymore. We have all become jaded and distrustful regarding anything said by the "powers that be"

  • Binne Goed - 2013-12-13 06:34

    Still can't believe that they did not arrange the ceremonial funeral/procession through the streets of say SOWETO so that the masses can attend. Now the whole procession will be held in some backwater dorpie (not that the costs will be anything less).

  • joe.todani - 2013-12-13 06:59

    If people can be allowed to see his actual body at the union building why would the government and family try to stop the media from entering Qunu and taking pics... Its stupid , probably the company erecting the Tent is one of Jacob Zuma s Sons.. Or they dont want us to compare Qunu and Nkandla..?

  • Ntsikelelo X Sululu - 2013-12-13 07:24

    CNN has exclusive right any1 who wants pic's must buy the rights from them. This deal "funeral caverage" was sign way b4 tata died. Early this year even the SABC don't have the access.

  • Claire Rees - 2013-12-13 07:33

    I believe that a funeral is for family and friends, its their final goodbye to their loved one, I don't think that its right for the media to even televise it nor be there to take pictures of the family.

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