WHY YOU SHOULD STOP POSTING PICTURES OF DEAD BODIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
BY: Bond Micheal
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.
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.
With images of this kind circulating more and more frequently, the question we now ask is; are the acts of sharing such images unlawful?
•Sharing picture of dead bodies on social media is a criminal act.
South Sudan’s penal code under section 205 imposes a 3 year jail term on conviction to any person who hurts the feeling of others by causing indignity to any human corpse or committing acts of disrespect towards a corpse and this can be by posting their picture on social media.
•It is against public order and morals in South Sudan.
Much as South Sudan’s constitution provides for citizen’s right to reception and dissemination of information, it emphasizes that the dissemination of such information should not be with prejudice to public order, safety or morals.
•It is a violation of the family’s right to privacy.
The Constitution prohibits any person from interfering with other’s private lives, their family and home and makes the privacy of all person inviolable.
We believe sharing and uploading photos of someone’s dead body on your personal social media, especially without asking permission from the family is a criminal act which causes indignity and disrespect towards his/her body and also a violation of the deceased’s family’s right to privacy as they mourn.
We request that before you publish or share any pictures and videos on your social media platforms, please reflect and be guided by these questions;
•Is it necessary to share photos of the deceased?
•Did you ask the deceased’s family for permission to post the photos?
Note that South Sudan law requires our actions to always be of respect to other people’s privacy and personal space –whether they’re still breathing or not.
Opinion of Law and Advocacy South Sudan page.