Media guidelines issued for Nelson Mandela’s funeral

Nelson Mandela will be given a state funeral on Sunday, 15 December – set to be among the largest of the past 100 years – and the government has put together a strict set of guidelines for the media.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | December 9, 2013

The government of South Africa is dealing with the massive audience expected at the former presidents funeral and has put together a firm set of guidelines warning the more than 2,000 journalists are expected to act professionally and not get drunk.

The guidelines states: “Any member of the media believed to be intoxicated, under the influence of mood-altering substances or acting in an unprofessional manner will have their media accreditation revoked and be escorted out the media area with possible denial of future accreditation to individual perpetrators and/or their affiliated media organizations.”

All media wishing to cover and the state funeral will need to be accredited. As stated in the guidelines: “Accreditation shall be issued to media of legitimate news-gathering organizations that have a professional working function at the State Funeral venues and events.”

The scale of the media wanting to attend events surrounding the funeral have also caught South African authorities off guard, according to The Guardian. It has been a chaotic scramble for journalists trying to get official accreditation – as several hundred journalists arrived at the Johannesburg Nasrec Expo centre on Saturday to collect official passes that grant access to key events.

More than 90 world leaders are taking part in the memorial service and state funeral, it is predicted to be one of the biggest gatherings of international dignitaries in recent years.

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