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Nelson Mandela: A Life Told Through The Media

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NELSON MANDELA NEWSPAPER
A jubilant Sowetan holds up 11 February 1990 in Soweto a newspaper announcing the release of anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, at a mass ANC rally. South African President de Klerk lifted 02 February the 30-year-old ban on the ANC and the South African Communikst Party, and 11 February, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Vester prison, near Cape Town, after 26 year since he was sentenced to life imprisonment. TREVOR SAMSO | TREVOR SAMSON via Getty Images

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at 95, led one of the most consequential lives in modern history. Throughout his life, the media followed him intensely, covering his long journey from persecuted freedom fighter to political prisoner to an icon of freedom.

Below, see just some of the newspapers and videos that capture all of the periods of Mandela's life.

Mandela's first interview, with ITN in 1961. He was in hiding:

A newspaper documenting the protests surrounding the treason trial that would send Mandela to prison:

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A front page captures Mandela's move to Robben Island prison:

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Front pages on Mandela's release:

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nelson mandela newspaper

From CNN, on the day of Mandela's freedom: "that is the man who the world has been waiting to see":

From Mandela's election as president of South Africa:

nelson mandela newspaper

nelson mandela newspaper

A newspaper captures the years of news about Mandela's failing health:

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