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Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologised for its role during Apartheid

South Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, did something it should have done 19 years ago: apologise for the key role it played during Apartheid.

Children of famous people also deserve privacy

While stories about fathers who fail to pay maintenance for children are reported with the end of holding the fathers to account and putting pressure on them to pay, such stories can potentially do more harm than good to the children involved.

Good reporting by The Star on trafficked siblings

An article by The Star shines a spotlight on child trafficking and more especially on ethical standards that need to be observed when reporting on this issue.

Want to protect children? Start by including them!

Media Monitoring Africa’s (MMA) Children’s team took a unique approach in preparing their submission in response to Publications Board’s (FPB) proposed Online Regulations. These draft regulations are supposed to be about the protection of children. MMA decided to go ask children what they think needs to be done.

MMA’s submission on behalf of children on the FPB’s proposed Online Regulations.

This submission is submitted by MMA on behalf of the children that participate in MMA’s children programmes initiatives (namely the Children’s News Agency and the Children Monitoring Project).

MMA’s submission on the Film and Publication Board’s proposed Online Regulations.

This submission deals with some of the problematic sections in the Draft Regulations.

Children’s issues deserve greater context and highest level of ethics

A child who runs away from home will most likely not receive news coverage than a child who has been abducted by a stranger or a missing child. While such stories are welcomed as they are rare to find in the news, it is important that journalists guard against falling into the trap of mystifying these issues and not being sensitive to the needs of the children involved.

Daily Sun fails to protect child witnesses

The “People’s paper” forgets to consider the rights of the society’s most vulnerable people, children.

Empowering Children and the Media website launch

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is proud to announce the launch of our Empowering Children and the Media website.

Children’s vulnerability makes their right to privacy necessary

The Citizen has been selected for a MAD for identifying a vulnerable child. 

Will South Africans ever see DTT?

South Africa has failed to meet the 17 June 2015 deadline to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, as agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In 2010, the Department of Communications (DOC) announced that it was ready to switch over from analogue to digital signal. It further promised all South Africans perfect picture quality during the 2010 World Cup. This seemed like the ideal plan by the government and key stakeholders. It was a win-win for both government and people of South Africa. After all that a lot went wrong, the big question is then, will South Africans ever see DTT?

Reporting on children: First, do no harm

In their editorial policy, the Times Media Group, declare that they “undertake to consider the consequences of [their] reporting to children, and to take steps, where appropriate, to minimise the harm.” However, articles by Sowetan, Sunday World and The Times, which are all publications of the Times Media Group contradict this well-though-out editorial policy for reporting on children.

Journalists must maintain consistent ethical behavior in their reporting

Two articles by Daily Sun point to a need for consistency when applying ethics.

Lesotho elections media monitoring final results

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in partnership with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Lesotho) analysed the media coverage of the 2015 elections in Lesotho.

‘Broken Adoptions’ get the lion’s share of Saturday Star’s coverage

Saturday Star gets a GLAD for their thought-provoking and holistic coverage on “broken adoptions.”