Who we are
Media Monitoring Africa (formerly the Media Monitoring Project) has promoted democracy and human rights through the media since 1993. It acts in a watchdog role to promote ethical and fair journalism that supports human rights.
What We Do
Media Monitoring Africa engages in a range of activities that aim to promote human rights and the democratic role of media. We utilise our research results to engage with media, government and civil society to improve practice and understanding around the importance of media ethics, quality and freedom.
MMA is completing the report on the 2011 Local and Provincial Elections in South Africa and the Patients’ Rights: Writing it Right report on health coverage in the Zambian media, funded by OSI, and initiating the children's schools project for 2012, funded by the EU, where we teach children to monitor the media.
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- Power, Patriarchy and Gender Discrimination in Zimbabwean Newsrooms
Gender discrimination, in its various debilitating forms, is known to occur in almost every professional setting.For this reason, Media Monitoring Africa and local media partners in Zimbabwe investigated the nature of gender discrimination in Zimbabwean newsrooms.
- Sowetan raises concerns about child safety and welfare in school
Two articles by the Sowetan receive a GLAD for clearly bringing to the fore some of the challenges the Department of Education faces in providing quality education and demonstrating how these problems negatively impact student learning.
- I expected so much more from the SABC - William Bird
William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa, writes about his disappointment in the SABC following the release of the latest report into the public broadcaster’s poor governance by The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. Bird notes that to be reduced to so much less, as the SABC has been, is a tragedy for South Africa’s young democracy.
- The SABC: What’s on TV and How Healthy Is It?
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has released its latest research report into the SABC programming titled “The SABC: What’s on TV and How Healthy Is It?”. The report examined the quality of the SABC television programming, and is a follow up to the August 2013 release of the report titled “What’s on the Menu? Understanding the Diet of Programming for Citizens”, which examined the diversity of programming on all SABC television platforms.
- Lessons learned: Coverage of the first day at school
Media coverage of the first day at school is very important as it offers many opportunities to inform and educate the public about the concept of education, the challenges that are affecting the Education Sector and what can be done to eradicate them. In light of this, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) assessed the coverage of the first day at school in various print media to get the gist of the key issues foregrounded and/or overlooked, the angle at which the stories were reported and the choice of language and images used.
- Media Enthusiasts Wanted for 2014 Youth News Agency
Media Monitoring Africa is looking for Media Enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 34 to be part of the Youth News Agency in 2014.
- The Star shines much needed light on challenges of adoption in SA
The article “Treading the adoption minefield” (The Star, 15/01/2014, p. 20) by Botho Molosankwe was selected for a GLAD for delving deeper into insightful discussions around adoption in South Africa and following best practice in reporting on vulnerable children.
- SABC is ‘too important’ to be allowed to collapse, says William Bird
William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa, highlights in this Business Day article the importance of the public broadcaster, the SABC, and says that it must not be allowed to collapse. Bird also calls for the SABC to be placed under administration immediately, following confirmation by the broadcaster of the resignation of its GCEO, Ms Lulama Mokhobo. According to Bird, the news of the resignation was devastating to the country and put the credibility of the SABC under scrutiny again.
- Children in the News: Seen but still not heard
Media Monitoring Africa’s latest research into South African and Zambian media shows that coverage of children in the news has increased over the years. However, there are still on-going challenges in terms of how children are covered. For example, the media in both countries still do not give children a voice. For more findings on the research read or download the full report by clicking on the DOWNLOAD button below.
- Media Monitoring Africa reacts to reported resignation of SABC GCEO
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is stunned by reports in media that suggest the GCEO of the SABC Ms Lulama Mokhobo may have resigned from her position. MMA calls on the SABC and the GCEO to confirm or deny the resignation, and if true for the reasons for the resignation to be made public.
- Media Monitoring Africa responds to allegations of SABC censorship: Who said Boo to who?
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) responds to allegations that the public broadcaster, SABC’s news management deliberately omitted any mention of the booing of President Jacob Zuma during the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service from its headline news bulletins on the 10th of December 2013. If true, says MMA, the decision constitutes a clear violation of the SABC’s Editorial Policies.
- Schoolboy killing: how far should the media go?
The story of the murder of a pupil at a KwaZulu-Natal school that was caught on camera has brought to the fore a number of critical editorial considerations. This following the publication of the video by various local media including The Daily Sun. William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa and Daily Sun publisher Jeremy Gordin debated this issue during the eNews Channel’s News Night programme with Jeremy Maggs. Click to read the full story and watch the heated yet interesting, insightful and informative debate on VIDEO HERE.
- Invitation: Ukuthwala Photography Exhibition
Media Monitoring Africa presents and invites you to a photography exhibition on the practice of ukuthwala themed: “The Silence Beyond the River: Encounters with the lives of ukuthwala”. The exhibition runs from 1 - 15 November 2013 at The Bailey Gallery, Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.
- e-tv news mainstreams child welfare issue.
e-tv’s prime-time news bulletin gets a GLAD for raising awareness about the challenges that beset the Department of Social Development in meeting the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. Not only does the bullettin bring the issue into the public’s attention but it exercises extreme caution in their coverage by protecting the identities of the vulnerable children featured in the bulletin.
- Inconsistent application of the law and ethical codes, a cause for concern
The New Age gets a MAD for giving inadequate and inconsistent attention to a child suspect’s right to privacy.