Did The Sun Go Too Far With Its Oscar Pistorius Front Page?
British paper accused of 'lechery over a corpse'
The Sun newspaper in Great Britain is facing public backlash over the front page of its Friday edition.
The choice by the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid to report on Oscar Pistorius’ arrest by splashing a full-page bikini photo of his dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has prompted condemnation and calls for apology — an online petition for which has already collected more than 2,400 signees.
Critics of the front page have included politicians …
… and feminist voices …
… and just plain proponents of human decency.
It’s also prompted acerbic commentary: “If only a hot woman could get murdered every day,” wrote Marina Hyde for The Guardian, “then the Sun wouldn’t need Page 3.”
The Sun is Great Britain’s most popular newspaper, with an estimated daily readership of 7 million.