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South African, Turkish journalists share concerns over freedom

In a joint workshop concerning media freedoms held by South African and Turkish journalists in İstanbul on Saturday, participants shared concerns about attempts to muzzle the media to a variety of extents.

Kimberley schoolboy rape: a case study on the ethics of reporting on children

MMA Director William Bird discusses with The Daily Vox why and how the media gets reporting on children wrong, and what best practices we should be following.

Poor media reporting on a bullying incident goes viral

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is appalled by the media coverage of the Vukuzakhe High School, Kwa-Zulu Natal bullying incident. MMA calls on the media who have published this video to do the honourable and ethical thing and take it down.

Minister Delays Digital Terrestrial Television Yet Again

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is deeply concerned about the recent authoritarian like decision by the Minister around Set Top Box control and conditional access relating to Digital Terrestrial Television.

Jamming our democracy, Jam on you Madam Minister

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is outraged by the events that took place during the State of the Nation Address (SONA). Specifically, the jamming of cell phone signals and the subsequent attack of media on twitter from an account believed to belong to the Minister of social development.

MMA concerned about media reporting on alleged rape incident at Northern Cape Agricultural School

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) calls on the media to be more cautious when reporting on the alleged rape incident at the Northern Cape Agricultural School.

Children’s Privacy and Community Unity Made a Priority

Negative stories involving children need to be reported, but at the same time, children need to be protected from further harm. City Press and Sunday World were able to strike this important balance in their stories titled, “Girl who paid the price for dad’s debt”(11/01/2015, p. 11) and “Man busts government official sleeping with wife”(11/01/2015, p.2).

MMA’S submission on the National Integrated ICT Policy Discussion Paper

Media Monitoring Africa’s response to the Discussion Paper containing Options Paper on various aspects of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) policies that are being reviewed as part of the process to modernise the sector.

MISA Zambia reflect on Presidential Election

Interim results from an Election Monitoring Study conducted by Media Monitoring Africa show trends indicating “the Zambian media are clearly not doing enough to report elections in a way that enables the electorate to participate as fully informed citizens”.

MMA cautions the media on identifying a child who survived the Stellenbosch estate attack

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is concerned about news media’s decision to publish the name and images of a child who survived the Stellenbosch golf estate attack.

SA media monitor describes PF’s campaign as self-centred - The Post Zambia

Mwala Kalaluka for the The Post newspaper, Zambia looks at the results of the Zambian election media monitoring.

Zambian elections media monitoring

Media coverage must be balanced, equitable, fair and accurate, in order to contribute to free and fair elections.

MMA welcomes the resignation of the SABC Board Chair Ms Ellen Tshabalala

MMA welcomes the decision taken by Ms. Ellen Tshabalala to resign as the SABC Chairperson of the board. While positive we cannot lose sight on the importance of good governance at the SABC, as well as to ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms are put into place.

Visible Invisibility: Gender Discrimination in South African Media Workplaces

The findings reveal interesting and concerning issues about gender discrimination in the country’s newsrooms. The research revealed that gender discrimination is a problem and a long history of inequality among the sexes is among the causes. Gender discrimination in South Africa’s newsrooms is about power, with those in positions of authority generally the perpetrators.

Gender on the Agenda: Narratives Of Masculinity In South African Media

The study explores definitions of masculinity and the ways in which masculinity is understood and communicated in the media. To get to it’s findings the study compares and cross-references information derived from monitoring the content of news media and interviews with journalists, as well as focus group discussions conducted with male and female respondents in Alexandra (Alex) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). A key objective of this research is to challenge existing versions of masculinity portrayed in the media.