Oscar 'largest news story in the world'


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 percent," it said in a statement.

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

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

Over 60 percent of the media generated negative commentary, while 34 percent was neutral and less than four percent 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.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()