Media Monitoring Africa

Two articles by Sowetan are selected for a MAD[1] by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) as they both failed to act in the best interests of the child in their reporting. The first article, “’l’ m too scared to bury my father’” (18/05/2017, p.3) relays a story involving a dispute in the famil...
Media play a crucial role in highlighting issues South Africa still faces when it comes to racism and race relations by highlighting racial friction and conflicts that continue to emerge in our society. The use of social media has also influenced dialogue in relation to these issues and how frequent...
This week Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MAD[1] to Sowetan and The Times for publishing articles in which the identity of a teenager was revealed, despite her being a victim and witness to a crime. “Teenager traumatised after ‘police’ shootings”, (The Times, 02/05/2017, p.2) and “...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MAD[1] to IOL for an article in which a child who was sexually abused was made to relive her traumatic experience through an interview. “’Raped by dad and brother’” (IOL, 09/05/2017) reports on a nine-year-old girl from Cape Town who was allegedly raped ...
The story, “MEC hands out school gear” (The New Age, 08/03/2017, p.9) was selected by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) for a MAD[1] for portraying the children in both the article and accompanying photograph in a degrading and disempowering light. The article tells the story of a group of children ...
This week Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MAD[1] to News24 and The New Age for publishing articles on crime against children in which the children were directly identified thereby potentially putting them at risk of further harm. [1] MADs refer to stories where the rights and welfare of childr...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MAD[1] to The Star newspaper for an article in which a child was identified when she was not supposed to. The article is about children living in poverty. The story titled “Lives of children in poverty set to worsen” (The Star, 18/01/2017, p.9) talks about h...
When reporting stories about crime against children, media often choose to neglect children’s rights. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) applauds the efforts to highlight crimes against children, however, this must be done with the utmost respect for children’s rights so as not to compromise their sa...