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Press Council and New Age need not to be at loggerheads

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is deeply concerned by the decision taken by The New Age to withdraw from the Press Council of South Africa.

Discussing Media Freedom in Turkey

I was recently fortunate to be with a group of South African media people, in Istanbul to discuss issues relating to Media Freedom. The trip was organised and paid for by the Turquoise Harmony Institute and its focus was to engage with media practitioners and dialogue about our experiences on media freedom and journalism. Media freedom in Turkey is being further curtailed, and the immediate future looks very, very bleak for Turkey indeed. Here are five things I have taken from the experience, aside from the great food of course.

Lesotho elections media monitoring

Free and fair elections can play a significant role in stabilising societies emerging from conflict. One of the key elements is a media that is able to cover the elections and election processes freely. A free press has a critical function in democratic societies.

MMA, SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition join Caxton in Action on SABC & Multichoice Deal

On the 17th of February 2015, MMA and SOS joined Caxton Publishers in an application to the Competition Tribunal in which we call on Multichoice and the SABC to notify the Competition Tribunal of a Merger. The application is focused on the deal between Multichoice and the SABC, entered into in 2013,and set to last to 2018.

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.