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?

Action on SABC & Multichoice Deal

UPDATE: See additional letters demanding MMA take down published legal documents on this matter, that are in the public interest.

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.

Sowetan respects vulnerable child when reporting on rape case

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) commends Fhumulani Khumela and the Sowetan for reporting on a sensitive matter with care and attention to respect the rights and dignity of the child involved.

The glare of publicity violates a child’s right to privacy

e-TV prime-time news get a MAD1 for identifying a child who was a victim of a kidnapping.

Free STBs for South Africa’s Poor Only Half the Victory – Our People Deserve More

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) note the announcement made at yesterday’s cabinet briefing concerning the long awaited broadcasting digital migration.

MMA Director on the Money Show - SABC and Multichoice deal

William Bird spoke to Bruce Whitfield about MMA and SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition joining Caxton in Action on SABC & Multichoice deal.

Children born out of wedlock have rights too

Media Monitoring Africa commends Aarti J Narsee for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct, excellence, and sensitivity in her reporting in the story titled “Ruling on fathers brings joy to teen” (Sunday Times, 08/02/2015, p.12). 

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.