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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.

Register now for the WITS Journalism & MMA Reporting on Children Media Course

You may be a good journalist but to be a great journalist you need to learn to report well on 37% of our Population….Children.

Action on SABC & Multichoice Deal

UPDATE: See new documents including SABC’s application to dismiss

Zambian elections media monitoring final results

Media Monitoring Africa, The Media Institute of Southern Africa - Zambia and The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa present the results of the Zambian elections media monitoring.

Election Coverage in Perspective

Wednesday 8 May - MMA launched the final results of the Zambian elections media monitoring at an event in Lusaka.

Maggs on Media -  How the media reports on xenophobia

MMA Director William Bird discussing xenophobia and the media with Jeremy Maggs.

Daily Sun gives new insights and respects children’s rights

MMA awards the Daily Sun a GLAD1 for showing tact and following the ethical principles of minimising harm and serving the public good.

High Court ruling protects identity

MMA is pleased with the court’s ruling to protect the identity of a vulnerable young person.

Xenophobia and the media

While we can understand the challenges, unless all of us and our media find ways of reporting these issues on an ongoing and consistent basis where stereotypes are challenged, we will find ourselves in the same place again asking the same question, why?

Daily Sun commended for brilliant coverage

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) commends the Daily Sun for its decision taken in relation to its front page story, “Kids set on fire”.  Rather than choosing to carry a violent video Daily Sun opted to run with the story and presented a front page editorial explaining its decision.

Global Media Monitoring Project 2015

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is proud to be a partner in the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). MMA is leading the data collection and analysis and database maintenance for this year’s project.

Daily Sun shows that girls can play soccer too

A wonderful story by Simphiwe Mngomezulu earns Daily Sun a GLAD.