Media or Glorified Paparazzi

2013-06-27 11:07

In recent high profile news stories and cases, I’ve noticed how the media swarms individuals, buildings, court rooms and the like.

The thought comes to mind of how they are just about resorting to the vulture tactics of paparazzi.

While watching the Oscar Pistorius hearing on the telly, we watched how hoards of media waited not so patiently to get their “million dollar shot”. Media had to be warned in court about evidence being leaked. With the majority of South Africans and international folk interested in the outcome of the case, it is not surprising that the words “trial by media” passes the lips of many.

The world is speculating.

Recently we heard Kanye West utter the words “this isn’t America’s baby”. Whatever your thoughts are on the “Kimye” couple, it’s a valid line to think about. They as celebrities are still human and they deserve privacy as much as we do.

Move forward to today and the world watches moment to moment as Madiba’s family prepare to say farewell to their husband, father, and grandfather. I realise that the world is watching and that most people look up to Madiba; this still doesn’t give everyone the right to encroach on their privacy. Madiba, who gave our country unity and spirit in a time when South Africans were expecting a war to break out, deserves dignity in his time of healing, or passing over to the other side.

Well wishers are endearing, support is a good thing, give too much of a good thing or resort to vulture tactics and a lot of that good dissolves.

Once again, speculation is the order of the day. Articles being published about life support being taken off. Can this our Grandfather of the Nation not be afforded the dignity of privacy?

Skip back sixteen years and paparazzi followed Diana’s every move up to her tragic death. Is this what the media is coming to?

Glorified paparazzi?

Or is it only me that is seeing this change in tactic?

In closing I would like to wish the Mandela Family a long and peaceful life, peace for Madiba in his journey to the other side whether it be today or in time to come. It isn’t fair of us to hold onto you Madiba. You gave us much during your life, through your actions; you gave us food for thought. I pray that future leaders take the example you set and apply it in their plans for our country’s future.


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