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The Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice

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The author presents the case of publishing a satirical cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon who was shown as eating a baby by the newspaper, The Independent, on Monday 27 January 2003. There was no doubt over the publishing of satirical cartoon as illogical but the PCC rejected the complaint put up by Mishcon de Reya, solicitors on behalf of the embassy of Israel and Ariel Sharon. The Commission cleared the cartoon from being labeled as racial because Ariel Sharon was projected not as a Jew but as the head of a state although public opinion was that the cartoon made a straight reference to the blood libel but the newspaper explained its position, to which the Commission agreed.

It projected the fact that any published content may have various angles and motives and what matters the most is how the newspaper perceives its news projection. Assuming that before publishing content, the media should examine it from various possible angles of how readers would see it would amount to interference with the media rights to freedom of expression (Sharon v The Independent: Report 62, 2003).   The case example of Oscar Pistorius, who has become the first eligible amputee sprinter to participate in the Olympics from South Africa, has to undergo lots of hardships.

Pistorius will also be participating in the Paralympics, as decided by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Daily Mail Reporter, 4 July 2012).   The South Africa’ s Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee selected Pistorius for the London Olympics 2012 not for the reason that he was the most renowned disabled sportsman but because he was able to fulfill the required parameters to get entry into the London Olympics 2012 or for 2016.

Pistorius had taken part at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu; he participated in the 4x400m relay race but was not included because they could not win the gold in the final. It needs to be noted that because of his disability Pistorius was not granted permission to compete with able-bodied athletes just before the 2008 Olympics – a decision which was changed afterward(Daily Mail Reporter, 4 July 2012).

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