Media Monitoring Africa

There is no doubt that media freedom is essential for a functioning democracy, but it can be extremely difficult to realise and protect in a country where media have been used as a key tool of repression. Rwanda’s recent violent history provides a powerful argument for media monitoring. This artic...
The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) has been petitioning government to change the proposed Film and Publications Amendment Bill. While it is crucial to protect the rights of children, the MMP argues that the Bill has negative implications for media freedom in South Africa. Amongst other things, it is...
The budget speech attracts much media attention every year. This year was no different. When reporting on the budget speech, it is expected that the media ‘translate’ the implications for their readers. In this respect the reports on the speech were not entirely successful....
The 2006 Local Government Elections demonstrated many of the patterns from past of election coverage, with the elections attracting much media attention, but event-based reporting predominating. The majority of the coverage was national, rather than local, as may be expected in a local election. Bee...
The Rwandan Media Monitoring Project was established by the High Council of the Press in 2003 to monitor media coverage of that year’s elections in Rwanda. The desire to monitor the media was stimulated by pending presidential and parliamentary elections and the High Council of the Press’ missio...
MMP monitored the South African national elections in 2004 to determine whether the media fulfilled their obligations to cover the elections in a free, fair, balanced and informative manner. Particular attention was given to special issues, including gender, poverty and HIV/AIDS. The Star topped our...