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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.

MMA calls on SABC Chair, Ms Ellen Tshabalala to resign immediately

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) welcomes the decision taken by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on an issue that has not only further damaged the integrity of the SABC but also cost Ms Ellen Tshabalala her reputation. We therefore call on the SABC Chair, Ms Ellen Tshabalala to resign with immediate effect.

MMA Written Submission to USAASA on the Qualifying Criteria for the Set-top-box Scheme of Ownership

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a subsidy when buying a set-top box for watching digital terrestrial television. As universal access is considered a basic human right, MMA respectfully submits that in developing the Proposed Qualifying Criteria for the Set Top Box (STB) scheme, USAASA appears to have ignored the vast majority of households that it needs to service.

Gender on the Agenda - MMA Report Launch

Media Monitoring Africa would like to invite you to be a part of an exciting event where we will be putting Gender back on the Agenda. Please see the invitation for more information.

MMA’s Submission on User Generated Comments

MMA was asked to make a submission to the Independent Newspapers User-Generated Content Panel. The main aim of the Panel is to report on and make recommendations concerning hate speech, personal attacks and defamatory statements contained in comments by the public on internet websites controlled by Independent Newspapers.

What is Wazimap?

William Bird, Director of MMA explains what Wazimap is, how to use it and how Wazimap can work for you! See one of MMA’s newest interactive online tools for journalists.

The Times shows that fathers are parents too
Media Monitoring Africa congratulates The Times for exploring an angle that is seldom explored when it comes to reporting on child adoption and custody related matters.
Join MMA and Centre for Child Law for the Sexual Offences Amendment Act and the Media Conference

Media Monitoring Africa and the Centre for Child Law invite you to attend the Prestigious Inaugural Lecture Series on the Sexual Offences Amendment Act and the Media.

Mail and Guardian’s follow-up gets a thumbs up

Mail and Guardian’s article “Foundations are laid to tackle the mud schools debacle” (12-18/09/2014, pp.10&11) reminds us that many schools in the Eastern Cape still do not have proper infrastructure.

MMA Written Submission to ICASA on the Review of Regulation on South African Local Content

In Notice No. 529 published in Government Gazette No. 37803 dated 4 July 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published the Discussion Document on the Review of Regulation on South African Local Content: Television and Radio. MMA commends ICASA for initiating this process and publishing the discussion document. However, we are deeply concerned about the lack of reference in the document to the actual research done by the regulator. There are very few references to the research and case studies; this unfortunately weakens the “Discussion Document”.

Vulnerable children deserve better protection

Articles by Daily Sun have been selected for a MAD for putting the already vulnerable children at risk of harm.

An inconsideration steals The Star’s shine

Reports by The Star focusing on children involved in sensitive matters highlight a clear need for consistency when it comes to reporting on children. 

SABC still lacking quality local content

An article written by Andile Ndlovu and published on Times Lives looks at the state of local content on our public broadcaster, the SABC. The article makes reference to MMA’s report, Lack of Diversity: Analysis of SABC News and Programming (2012).