Resources - Media Analysis
Media Monitoring Africa releases periodic media analysis pieces looking at current issues in the media though a human rights lens.
- Media Coverage of Child Protection Week: Still room for improvement
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) conducted an in-depth analysis into the portrayal of issues affecting children during Child Protection Week. Read about the common trends, the highs and lows of media’s coverage of Child Protection Week.
- 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.Tweet
- MMA Adresses Sunday Times’ Misreporting of Human Trafficking
Sunday Times published “Women tells of ordeal as drug-mule slave” on January 15th, 2012, which told the story of a women who was essentially trafficked for the purpose of forced drug trafficking, which the piece failed to mention. MMA addressed this to the editor along with other ethical dilemma’s that MMA felt the piece presented. Sunday Times Public Editor Joe Latakgomo then wrote about in his editorial on Sunday February 12th, 2012.Tweet
- The All Too Frequently Forgotten Form of Human Trafficking
Foreign Nationals as exotic dancers in South Africa are frequently not broadly thought of or reported on as possible victims of human trafficking. This article brings this form of trafficking to light, though MMA raises some crucial points about the issue of human trafficking that the story doesn’t go into.Tweet
- Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Expresses Concern with the Protection of State Information Bill
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has expressed its concern with the Protection of State Information Bill which will be passed by the National Assembly today. The Centre has as a result released a press statement analysing the Bill’s remaining flaws.Tweet
- Somalia in Media Images: Battling Compassion Fatigue
Images of emaciated children have recently made their way into the media following the widely reported famine in Somalia. Media Monitoring Africa conducted an in-depth analysis into the visual portrayal of the famine and the underlying messages.Tweet
- Media Monitors ask: Was it an ‘Evil Spell’ or ‘Sun Stroke’?
The Sowetan newspaper published two stories which reported on two schools in Limpopo, that have been closed down due to pupils collapsing, This is believed to be caused by an evil spell, Satanism and witchcraft. The manner in which the story was published is of concern to Media Monitoring Africa because it violated children’s rights and failed to demonstrate quality, fair and ethical journalism.Tweet
- Ukuthwala, Human Trafficking & The Media
Forced marriage falls under the purpose of exploitation in the definition of human trafficking.
By international law, and in accordance with the parameters for human trafficking set out by the UN; like forced marriage in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, the practice of ukuthwala as it is being used to perpetrate these crimes today in South Africa is most certainly classifiable as human trafficking.Tweet
- Elections Watch-Bias Patrol - Morning Live (11 May 2011)
In response to concerns raised of bias by one the SOS Coalition (Support Public Broadcasting) members, MMA has conducted a brief analysis of SABC 2’s Morning Live show (11 May 2011).Tweet
- The right to express but not racially stereotype
Media Monitoring Africa condemns Sunday World demeaning ‘coloured woman’ and display sexismTweet