Oscar 'biggest news story in the world'

2014-10-21 19:09
Oscar Pistorius greets his uncle, Arnold, as he is led down to the holding cells of the North Gauteng High Court after being sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. (Herman Verwey, Media24, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius greets his uncle, Arnold, as he is led down to the holding cells of the North Gauteng High Court after being sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. (Herman Verwey, Media24, Pool)

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Johannesburg - The sentencing of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was the biggest news story in the world on Tuesday, media monitoring group ROi Africa said.

"Today, Oscar Pistorius is the largest story in the world, dwarfing Ebola by over 80%," it said in a statement.

Pistorius's trial, across all media, made up 82.3%, while Ebola made up 17.7%.

The sentiment after sentencing was passed was predominantly negative, ROi Africa said.

Over 60% of the media generated negative commentary, while 34% was neutral and less than 4% positive.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

For discharging a firearm at Tasha's restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.

The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.

 

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