Test Your Media Personality

Want to know where you stand in relation to some of the greats in your perception of the media?

Are you more like Mugabe or closer to Mandela? Take our easy Media Personality test and see how you would score in media freedom, ethics, and quality. Yes, it is opinionated and biased in favour of human rights, but then we think most of the finest people are. As human rights activists, we happily accept and encourage a diversity of views, so feel free to tell us what you think.

Choose one answer to the following questions that sits most comfortably with your views.

1. The media should be able to say whatever they like…

2. The private lives of politicians and holders of public office should be reported…

3. Media self-regulation is…

4. You are a journalist interviewing a source who, at the end of the interview, says: “This is off the record, so please don’t report it, but…”, and proceeds to reveal information vital to your story. Do you…

5. You subscribe to a daily newspaper. The subscription runs out and you decide not to renew it, but the newspaper continues to be delivered for weeks. Do you…

6. You are the editor of a trashy tabloid newspaper. You receive a call from the police informing you that a famous sports star has been arrested on charges of statutory rape – he says he had an “affair” with a girl whom he thought was over 16. The police inform you that she is only 14. The sports star says he is being set up and is the target of a smear campaign.

7. A political party reveals its elections list and party manifesto. Do you…

8. Viewers of your channel inform you of a deeply impoverished family who, owing to a range of tragic circumstances, have no food or shelter. The family is headed by a 16-year-old girl, who looks after her three younger siblings and a very ill grandmother.

9. Parents of students at several schools in one provincial district have complained that their schools have had no access to textbooks in preparation for Grade 12 exams, and have been without running water for months. In reporting the story, you…