The sentencing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius was the biggest news story in the world on Tuesday, media monitoring group ROi Africa said. “Today,(Tuesday) Oscar Pistorius is the largest story in the world, dwarfing Ebola by over 80 per cent,” it said in a statement.
Pistorius’ trial, across all media, made up 82.3 per cent, while Ebola made up 17.7 per cent. The sentiment after sentencing was passed was predominantly negative, ROi Africa said.
Over 60 per cent of the media generated negative commentary, while 34 per cent was neutral and less than four per cent positive. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
For discharging a firearm at Tasha’s restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail and suspended for five years. The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.