Many at times we see pictures of people who have died in accidents,mugged or in blasts shown just as it is from the scene, probably by those who first arrived at the scene before the media. The question is are people aware of the impact of this pictures to the families and friends who view them? With the era of social media ,word goes fast and it is here that we get such pictures probably because they who post it have not learn’t the code of ethics for publishing.
During the Funeral of the Late Internal Security Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode,I recall during the speech of his wife,Mary Ojode she requested the media to try and be sensitive when reporting such stories. It was so sad that her son had to know his fathers death through the media and the sight was not good. We might see the videos and pictures but we don’t get affected in any way because we are not in the shoes of the bereaved.
Last month there was an accident in Mazeras along Mombasa-Nairobi highway where 13 were killed. I saw the pictures on Facebook and the site was scary that you wouldn’t wish a loved one to pass on like that. Little did I know that someone i knew was one of the bodies I saw. The effect it had on me till now I have not come to terms,i had sleepless nights as the images kept flashing on my mind. Its traumatic to see such images and worse if its a family or friend in one of them.
Please be considerate before posting such images,somebody somewhere may have lost a father,a daughter,a mother ,a friend through that tragic way and they do not need to see the images popping on their homepage or on their screens. The same goes to the media in the process of trying to sell news and giving the juicy bits that not everyone could get to, ask yourself is it worth the money or fame you get while somebody somewhere is finding it hard to come to terms with their loss as you keep showing these images and videos in the name of news.