Media Monitoring Africa

Absence of Children’s Voices Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) gives a MOP[1] to The Citizen for an article that completely fails to access children in a matter which has a direct impact on their education and their safety at school. The article titled, “Soshanguve pu...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) believes that children should be accessed for their views in media coverage, when it is in their best interest to do so. When this is not done, such as in the article by The Citizen titled, “Schools could be ‘useful points’ for screening – back to school plan”...
While Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) applauds GroundUp for reporting two stories about discrimination and lack of services at a school, we would also like to raise a few concerns that we hope will be taken into consideration in future reporting. MMA feels GroundUp missed an opportunity to advocate fo...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is happy to award a GLAD[1] to The Citizen for its article, “High-performance pupils” (11/04/2019, p.5) which highlights the achievement of the grade 12 pupils involved and accesses them for their views.  The article tells the story of matric pupils at a newly ...
When reporting stories about children who are victims of and/or witnesses to abuse or crime or, they themselves have committed crimes, journalists should take care not only to avoid compromising the children’s safety but to also protect their rights to dignity and privacy. This will ultimately saf...
The Citizen gets a GLAD[1] from Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) for its article, “Mother, child despair” (28/08/2018, p.3) where the identities of two children swapped as new-borns at a hospital were protected. The article written by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye reports on two mothers whose babies ...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is proud to award a GLAD[1] to The Citizen and Weekend Argus for highlighting children’s achievements and accessing them for their views.   The first story titled, “Grade 10 Junior Achievement of SA winners head to Ghana” (The Citizen, 16/07/2018/, p.6) repor...
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) always urges media to adequately protect the identities of child victims and/or witnesses of abuse when it is not in their best interests to be identified.  The media, being a powerful tool that plays an important and influential role in society, has the responsibility...
When media give children positive recognition such as in the instance of “Schoolboy who walks the walk” (The Citizen, 03/11/2017, p.5), it is worthy of a GLAD.[1] The story written by Ofentse Maphari, reports on a Grade 11 pupil, Nathi Nzima, from King Edward VII School who rescued a man who had...