Madiba’s death dominates world headlines

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Newspaper posters announcing the death of former president Nelson Mandela are displayed at a printing press in the early hours of the morning in Cape Town. Picture: Mark Wessels

Johannesburg - The death of former president Nelson Mandela made international headlines on Friday morning.

Newspapers and television stations around the world published pictures of Mandela on their websites, accompanied by large, bold headlines.

The New York Times headline read: “Peaceful Liberator of a Torn South Africa”.

Reporter Bill Keller wrote that Mandela's quest for freedom in South Africa’s apartheid system took him from the court of tribal royalty, to the liberation underground, to prison, and to the presidency.

CNN's website read: “Nelson Mandela dies”, and was accompanied by a picture of him, and several other stories about Mandela's life.

Sky News dedicated its entire website home page to Mandela. Its story “World mourns extraordinary Nelson Mandela” also featured a video timeline of clips of him taken at different stages of his life.

The Times of India opted for low-key coverage, with its website carrying a small image and a small story.

The China Daily also did not dedicate too much space to the Nobel laureate. It published a few small stories on its website, with no picture.

The BBC had the headline “Nelson Mandela dies 1918 - 2013”, accompanied by pictures and stories of his life.

“A nation's healer is dead” announced The Washington Post, with a black and white picture of Mandela standing in the prison cell he occupied on Robben Island for much of his 27-year incarceration.

The Australian carried a large picture of Mandela with deceased singer Michael Jackson on its website. The picture was taken in 1996.

The Huffington Post displayed a variety of pictures of Mandela with the headline: “Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over”.

Many sites carried video clips and reaction stories to his death.

President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela died at his Houghton home in Johannesburg on Thursday night surrounded by family. He was 95. - Sapa

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