Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MAD[1] to Sowetan for an article indirectly identifying a child thereby subjecting him to potential ridicule. The article titled, “Dad angry after ‘slap on wrist’ for school’ worker” (Sowetan, 26/02/2020, p.4) reports on a 7-year-old learner who was as...
Reporting on children in a manner that protect their rights to privacy and many other related rights is important. Even when reporting about the challenges that children face, it is crucial that journalists balance the reporting of these issues with children’s rights and the ethical principle of m...
It is quite unfortunate to find two articles by the same reporter that are inconsistent in applying the principle of minimising harm within a space of two weeks. These articles from Daily Sun highlight a need for continuous caution and consistency when reporting on children and vulnerable people. Da...
Even where you are trying to tell people about harm to children or another children’s issue or promote children’s rights, you always need to respect the best interests of the individual child.2 This is because, children are vulnerable and oftentimes the impact of the story often affects the life...
Zephany Nurse’s story has been on the news agenda for weeks. A rare happening it was, it was bound to garner public attention. At the heart of it all is a young girl who is probably confused, shocked and is still trying to come into terms with the news that a family that she has […]...
Protest action has become a dominant form of recourse for South Africans to voice out their grievances and dissatisfaction. Of late, there have been several protests that have revolved around challenges of service delivery, minimum wages, and other societal issues.  Recently, school children protes...
There is no doubt that children face many challenges and the media always strive to identify and highlight these challenges in their reporting. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) welcomes these efforts and at the same time cautions the media to always ensure that when such opportunities to report on thes...
The New Age’s “Boy kills his family” (27/05/2013. p. 1) is classified as a MAD by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) as it indirectly identifies a child crime suspect. The story is about a 14-year-old boy from Daveyton near Johannesburg, who is due to appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court f...
eNCA’s online article titled “Pupil repeatedly stabbed in face with scissors during row” (13/03/2014) has been selected for a MAD1 for not taking necessary precautions of protecting the identity of a child who is a victim and a witness to a crime. The article reported on a fight that broke o...