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Oscar Pistorius trial receiving over half South African media coverage

Data shows the Oscar Pistorius trial is dominating headlines as it beats elections and Shrien Dewani news in coverage in South Africa. It also shows that the USA, UK, Australia and Germany are following the trial even more closely than the country where it’s all happening.

Oscar Pistorius trial receivin

The Oscar Pistorius trial is dominating headlines and taking the South African public’s attention away from the upcoming elections.

Data produced by Data Driven Insight (DDI) said in the 24 hours up to 4pm on Wednesday the trial received 54.14% of all media coverage, which shows a likely model for the whole week.

This was the third day of Pistorius giving evidence and the first day he was cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

State prosecutor Nel smiles as he cross-examines South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius during his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretori
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel

The below chart shows the impact Pistorius’s time on the stand has had on the media, particularly since he has been subject to questioning by Nel.

Coverage of Shrien Dewani’s extradition and court appearance, the May 7 national elections and President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead scandal was said to be small in comparison.

Pistorius’s trial has been dominating headlines for a month now, as the same company said in March that it beat coverage of the Fifa World Cup.

DDI spokesperson Tonya Khoury said: “Unbelievable, worldwide the Oscar trial is bigger in media than the Fifa 2014 World Cup.”

She added: “Nothing can move the media attention away from Oscar.”

Despite this, only 8% of the trial’s worldwide media coverage came from South Africa.

The analysis of Wednesday in court also offered some insight into what dominated Pistorius’s time on the stand.

21.27% of Pistorius’s testimony that day was spent talking about the bathroom door through which he fired the gunshots and he spent 13.38% of the time crying.

The word “guilty” was used more often than the word “innocent” on social media.

The data showed that South Africa has only the fifth most coverage of the Pistorius trial worldwide. The USA, UK, Australia and Germany are following the trial even more closely than the country where it’s all happening.

The data was compiled from 6.2 million social media platforms, including blogs, forums, social media, plus 60,000 online newspapers, 2,000 South African print publications and 66 radio and TV stations.