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An applause for Sunday Times’ reporting on maternal health

MMA gives a GLAD to Sunday Times for an in-depth coverage on maternal health

South African children: their lives told by City Press

City Press applauded for not only providing an in-depth analysis of how children in South Africa spend their time but also accessing a child and making children the central focus of the story

Children’s portrayal, far cry from consideration of their best interests

The children in this story were portrayed as needy and passive and for that reason, MMA gives The New Age a MAD.

Stop the Muthambi Madness NOW!

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition condemn in the strongest terms the latest act of interference by Minister Muthambi. Muthambi has issued a letter to the SABC Interim Board members telling them they are “required not to commence with your duties as an Interim Board member until the security clearance process has been concluded by the State Security Department”. 

Crime: Worth revealing children’s identities for? We think not

Two media’s irresponsible reporting frowned upon by MMA. This is after they ignored ethics and compromised the safety of the children involved in the stories.

Commendable sensitive and child-friendly reporting

MMA congratulates The Star for showing sensitivity to children affected by the death of their sibling.

Rights of celebrities’ children protected

Sowetan gets a GLAD for adhering to Section 36 of the Maintenance Act when reporting on children of celebrities.

An applause for Sunday World and Daily Sun

The efforts by Sunday World and Daily Sun to report on children ethically commended



M&G neglects individual child’s best interests while reporting on children’s issue

Mail & Guardian and an investigative journalism centre receive a MAD for going against the ethics of journalism and ignoring the child’s best interest in their reporting.

The New Age brings attention to important issues

Media Monitoring Africa applauds efforts by The New Age to highlight factors that have a hindrance on children’s education

The New Age and TimesLive report positively on children’s achievements

The positive portrayal of children and inclusion of their voices earn The New Age and TimesLive a GLAD

The Media 24 Case: Centre for Child Law and 4 Others v Media 24 Limited and 13 Others (Part B)

What:  Privacy of child victims, witnesses and offenders vs Freedom of expression
Where:  Pretoria High Court
When:  From 10am on 9 & 10 February 2017
Why:  The first part of the case was about protecting the identity of a specific child victim. The second part of the case is to determine the scope of the law concerned for all child victims, child witnesses and child offenders.
- Applicants: Centre for Child Law; Childline, NICRO, Media Monitoring Africa
- Respondents:11 media organisations , SANEF, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, NDPP
- The Minister does not oppose the Centre’s application

The Times paints a good picture of a child

The Times’ positive portrayal of a child receives an applause

MMA’s SABC Inquiry Presentation

See the full presentation presented to the SABC Parliamentary Inquiry in December 2016.

Media must refrain from promoting stereotypes about children

The Star newspaper receives a MAD for an article that supports stereotypes about children.