The organisers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are already facing their first public relations headache: a website warning off tourists because of the country's high levels of violent crime, writes Mark Sweney in media.guardian.co.uk.
The website, Crimeexposouthafrica.co.za, urges South Africans to post comments, stories and unedited images of violent crimes in a bid to pressurise the country's government to tackle crime.
"A decline in international tourists (including Soccer 2010 tourists) will serve as a warning to the South African leadership to clean up their act," said Neil Watson, an insurance broker from Cape Town who is the founder and national coordinator of the website.
The aim of the site is to provide a "preview of death and violence in South Africa" to get the government to "clean up their act and address the 20,000 annual murder statistics".
Access to the site is intermittent, and Watson claims that outside parties have been trying to shut it down.
He believes that South Africa should never have been chosen to host the next World Cup because of its crime statistics.
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