Dead Bodies in Media: Gruesome or Your Right?

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In a problematic society such as South Africa, where the media have their hands full in reporting on violent crime, it is not surprising to see gruesome visuals of dead bodies in media, to the dismay of sensitive viewers and readers. While editors argue that their audiences have the right to see and to be ‘fully informed’, the Media Monitoring Project (MMP) this week says ethical considerations should guide the use of visuals of dead bodies in media.

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