This week has been a sad one for the entire nation after we lost our Minister for Internal Affairs – the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima. May his soul Rest In Peace.
As we grieve and mourn his death, his widow and children must be suffering unfathomable pain. When the body of the late was taken to Parliament on Thursday for viewing, the family of the late requested that no one … especially media …should take any images of the body.
In the past, we have heard of similar cases where families endeavored to prevent media from ‘landing’ on photos of their beloved ones who had passed on. Such families are usually prioritizing their privacy during such difficult times and this is common with families of popular individuals.
On the contrary, some people seem to be ‘okay’ with taking photos of bodies of their loved ones as they lie in coffins or as the coffins are lowered in graves. Such people often take photos for remembrance.
Now, there are situations where I believe taking a photo of a dead person is a bit useful for example, if a crime has been committed and officials need images of the crime scene, or if images are taken for autopsy purposes.
However, I disagree with people who take images of the dead just to upload on social media. It’s even worse when such people are not related to the dead person.
Earlier this year, a young Ugandan artist from a popular family passed on. But the way in which he died was a bit unclear for the first few hours after the sad incident and up to now investigations regarding his death are still ongoing. However, during that time, photos of his dead body in hospital … flooded social media for almost a whole week.
Do you think it is appropriate to take photos of a dead body and upload them on social media?