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Daily Sun reminded to protect children from harm

Daily Sun places a child at risk by directly and indirectly identifying him. Read the commentary on the article that has been selected for a MAD.

Whose education is it anyway? A necessary reminder from City Press

An article by City Press brings a child’s perspective to the Roodepoort Primary school saga.

Well done, but remember their voices also matter

City Press journalist, Prega Govender puts children’s issues on the agenda but forgets to include their voices.

Three lessons for Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng…

We at Media Monitoring Africa have been monitoring the media in South Africa for the past 23 years and have learnt that crime is not a specialty in our field. Media monitoring is important in that it reveals trends of media coverage on particular issues. It allows one to provide evidence rather than spread baseless accusations: It is on this basis that we would like to share the following three lessons with you

MMA is Hiring!

Media Monitoring Africa is seeking an experienced individual to take on the position of Finance & Operations Manager to start as soon as possible.

A positive story on a child makes front page

Empowering coverage by Sowetan earns it a GLAD.

Sunday Times shows how children are breaking new grounds

Sunday Times’ article by Matthew Savides provides exemplary reporting on children.

Launch of the Lesotho elections media monitoring results

MMA, in partnership with MISA Lesotho, hosted and event in Maseru to launch the final results of the Lesotho elections media monitoring project.

Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologised for its role during Apartheid

South Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, did something it should have done 19 years ago: apologise for the key role it played during Apartheid.

Children of famous people also deserve privacy

While stories about fathers who fail to pay maintenance for children are reported with the end of holding the fathers to account and putting pressure on them to pay, such stories can potentially do more harm than good to the children involved.

Good reporting by The Star on trafficked siblings

An article by The Star shines a spotlight on child trafficking and more especially on ethical standards that need to be observed when reporting on this issue.

Want to protect children? Start by including them!

Media Monitoring Africa’s (MMA) Children’s team took a unique approach in preparing their submission in response to Publications Board’s (FPB) proposed Online Regulations. These draft regulations are supposed to be about the protection of children. MMA decided to go ask children what they think needs to be done.

MMA’s submission on behalf of children on the FPB’s proposed Online Regulations.

This submission is submitted by MMA on behalf of the children that participate in MMA’s children programmes initiatives (namely the Children’s News Agency and the Children Monitoring Project).

MMA’s submission on the Film and Publication Board’s proposed Online Regulations.

This submission deals with some of the problematic sections in the Draft Regulations.

Children’s issues deserve greater context and highest level of ethics

A child who runs away from home will most likely not receive news coverage than a child who has been abducted by a stranger or a missing child. While such stories are welcomed as they are rare to find in the news, it is important that journalists guard against falling into the trap of mystifying these issues and not being sensitive to the needs of the children involved.