RIGHT OF PRIVACY OF DEAD PERSONS

RIGHT OF PRIVACY OF DEAD PERSONS

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Lately, pictures of dead people, victims of crimes and gruesome incidents are widely shared by certain members of the press, as well as on social media including WhatsApp, Facebook with little or no self-regulation.

 


These pictures are usually gruesome and disturbing and most people are often displeased with having to see them strewn all over the internet and the front pages of publications.

 


We have seen this trend everywhere; the picture of a drowned Syrian child in September 2015 made rounds throughout social media and in publications to more recent events that are closer to home like images that circulated after the Ginimbi in 2021 lost his life. There are more examples than we can count.

 


With images of this kind circulating more and more frequently, the question we now ask is; are the acts of sharing such images unlawful?

 


They are… if not, then the government are not making it clear enough or putting the correct controls.

 


So, before you publish or share such any pictures and/or videos on your social media platforms, we urge you to reflect and be guided by these questions that we have borrowed from Rotary International’s “Four-Way Test” of the things we think, say or do:

 


1. Is it the truth?

 


2. Is it fair to all concerned?

 


3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

 


4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

 


We have noticed that although these questions may be answered people simply don’t care.

As the year comes to an end we would like to meet with members of parliament to discuss and work towards getting such content band in Malawi aswell as start putting the correct regulations in place.

 

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