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Jackson's brother outraged by media coverage of funeral

The wide media coverage of the late 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson's burial has drawn the ire of his brother Randy Jackson who said it was a "private" event, not meant for the public's eye.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009 12:03 IST

The wide media coverage of the late 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson's burial has drawn the ire of his brother Randy Jackson who said it was a "private" event, not meant for the public's eye.

"As a family, we are all aware of how Michael's life, and his death, touched so many around the world. It is why we held a public memorial in my brother's honor. And it is the reason we chose to release a small amount of footage leading up to yesterday's ceremony at Forest Lawn," Randy Jackson said in a statement.

"I was dismayed last night and again today at the coverage I saw on television of our ceremony for Michael. We had asked the media to respect the privacy and the sanctity of this event, to give us one moment of privacy to mourn as a family out of the public spotlight," the former 'Jackson 5' singer was quoted as saying by TMZ.Com.

Randy strongly condemned those who violated the no-fly zone over Forest Lawn last night asking all media organisations to refrain from airing any more footage of the event, it said.

"Despite a no-fly zone around Forest Lawn, many media organisations decided to ignore our wishes. They employed helicopters that not only surreptitiously recorded our private family ceremony, but also severely disrupted it. I therefore ask today that media organisations airing helicopter footage of the ceremony we held for my brother immediately pull that footage from their air and refrain from airing it in the future," he said.