American broadcaster CNN was in the center of the scandal. Corporation was accused that she bought the exclusive rights to broadcast the funeral of the former President of South Africa. The company categorically deny this information and call offensive.
The fact that CNN bought the rights to broadcast the funeral of Mandela announced on the eve of the South African edition of the Sunday Independent. According to the newspaper, in late June, the daughter of former South African leader Makazive Mandela and his niece Ndileka met with representatives of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), to discuss the future broadcast of the funeral of .
Representatives of the SABC reported that at the meeting the two relatives of former President demanded that the rights to broadcast the funeral were transferred to CNN. "It was not a request. It was a requirement. We have made it clear that the Mandela family plans do not coincide with ours, "- confirmed the unnamed company representatives. They added that the deal with the Mandela family CNN looks completed and paid.
Makazive itself, according to the newspaper, declined to comment on the matter. She stated that the meeting was confidential, and demanded that the journalists to reveal their sources.
However, CNN categorically deny this information, writes News24. "In appearing in press statements that CNN has bought the rights to broadcast the funeral of Mandela, there is no grain of truth," - said in comments CNN.
TV bureau chief in Johannesburg Kim Norgard also said that he knew nothing about any transaction. "Speculation that the broadcasting of Mandela's funeral was sold to CNN, deeply offensive. This is not true. Our thoughts are with Madiba "- said Norgard. Madiba - one of the tribal name of Nelson Mandela, popular in South Africa.
The first black head of South Africa Nelson Mandela from June 8 to Pretoria is in the hospital due to recurrent pulmonary infections. It is connected to an artificial life support. Earlier, South African Presidentsaid that Mandela is still in critical condition, but authorities hope that he gets better soon and it will be discharged.