Gaga: Christians calm down, journos fed up

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st gaga 01630_COUNTRY_E1 Supplied Lady Gaga performs live at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

Despite her being labelled the bride of Satan and an outcry about her South African tour on anti-Lady Gaga Facebook pages, it appears that the singing sensation’s Cape Town concert on Monday nightwill take place without much protest.

Kylie Hatton, a spokespersonfor the City of Cape Town, said she was not aware of applications to the city from groups wanting to hold protests at tonight’s concert. She said these would have had to be made in terms of the Gatherings Act.

Last month the Cape Argus reported that a handful of Christians had protested at the offices of Big Concerts in Gardens against the Grammy award-winning singer’s South African concerts. A march by members of the SA Council of Churches was also held in Pretoria.

Gaga has not only raised the ire of Christian groups, but last week Beauty without Cruelty protested in Joburg against her support of the fur industry.

A ban on news photographers at her South African concerts has also upset the SA National Editors’ Forum which said it viewed the decision to only make selected publicity photographs available as a form of press censorship and in conflict with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of media in South Africa.

The ban prompted the editors of the Cape Argus and its sister title, the Weekend Argus, to decide not to cover the Lady Gaga concert in Cape Town on Monday night. A ticket giveaway was also pulled. IOL will also not be covering the concert.

Cape Argus executive editor Gasant Abarder said:”The Cape Argus has decided to take a stand and we’re expressing our protest at the ban by not covering the concert. We urge other media outlets to follow suit,” said Abarder.

“We have many hard-fought for freedoms in South Africa and freedom of the press and freedom of expression are not negotiable.”– Staff Reporter.

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