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Ban on media photographers at Eminem Rapture Tour Concert causes upset

2014-02-27 12:31
Cape Town – The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) strongly condemned the ban on media photographers at the Eminem Rapture Tour in Cape Town on Wednesday.

This comes after accredited media were not allowed to photograph or record any footage of the rapper at his recent concert.

“Days before the event newspapers were informed that Eminem does not allow media photographers or video operators to photograph his performance on show night and that his international management would supply pictures and video material of the show night.

“Sanef maintains that this ban on media photographers is totally unacceptable censorship of the media and that the intent of the performer is to present the most favourable pictures of his act for publication in the media,” Sanef said in a press release.

Several requests by Channel24 to interview the singer were declined.

The singer’s management warned in a statement before the show that the media and video crews will only be  admitted to certain sections of the concert venue from where they will be able to take pictures of supporting acts after which they will be escorted out of the stadium or taken to a lock up facility for equipment which can only be picked up after Eminem’s performance.

Katlego Maboe shared this moment from the concert on his Instagram:

Sanef has protested in the past at attempts by organisers of events to impose similar bans on media photographers. The ban is a direct violation of the South African Constitution which enshrines freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Clause 16.

Sanef only became aware of the ban when it was too late to make representations to the Eminem management.

Channel24 approached the organisers for an official comment but by the time of publishing this article had not received an official statement.

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