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Identifying children who need protection, a media pandemic?

Several media houses published a brief article about a boy who was kidnapped for muti-purposes and later returned by his captors after it was alleged that he was “too dark”. The media houses get a MAD for failing to give the child concerned the right to protection afforded to him by the constitution.

Child Protection Week: The Times rises to the occassion

The Times should be commended for reporting extensively on children during Child Protection Week.Through their efforts, The Times provided a channel through which issues affecting children were brought to surface. The coverage provided perspectives on a wide range of issues affecting children, such as child abandonment,child hunger, poverty and poor education.

A stolen baby, a well known trafficking route – A red flag

MMA raises a red flag on two stories published by The New Age which missed an opportunity to identify a kidnapping story as possible human trafficking. Included in the commentary is a response from news agency, African Eye News Service (AENS), which supplied one of the stories selected for a MAD.

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.

A Tangled Web: Human Trafficking, Child Protection & the Media

As a metaphor, a web does nicely to describe human trafficking: a thing with many threads, sticky, dangerous, and unseen by victims. The sticky threads each different yet inseparable, certainly not linear, clean, neat and easily spotted…well unless you’re the spider that is.

What do we know about human trafficking? What should we know about it? What are we being told by the media? What is the media missing?

The New Age Raises the Alarm On Abduction and Rape under the guise of “Ukuthwala” Practice

MMA commends an article by The New Age which raised awareness on the issue of young girls being abducted under the guise of a practice known as “ukhuthwala”.

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.

Child Protection and Trafficking: Is the Media Telling the Right(s) Story

Child journalists Khumo Baduza and Khotso Zinhle uncovered some interesting truths about human trafficking and the media.

In the aftermath of the World Cup hype, their documentary seeks to establish a clearer picture of human trafficking and to understand the realities around modern slavery in South Africa.

Khumo and Khotso ask if this is what we’re hearing, reading and seeing in our media, and if not, why not!

Child Safety Measures during the World Cup – how did we do?

About MMA’s children’s radio reporting

This is the first report of Media Monitoring Africa’s (MMA) Children’s Radio Reporting, that engaged various stakeholders on the issues of child protection and trafficking, produced with children. They were selected by their class peers as panelist for the children’s press conference hosted by MMA at the start of the World Cup. As participants in MMA’s school Media Monitoring programme, they became familiar in critically looking at the media, and took on the task with enthusiasm and determination.

“There was no money set aside (by government) for the protection of children.”
(Gyan Dwarika, Social Work Advance Specialist: Child Exploitation, Department of Social Development)

With children on extended holidays for the duration of the World Cup, there were concerns that the sporting event brought with it new threats and risks in terms of children’s safety. Children from Saxonwold and Naturena Primary Schools in Johannesburg wanted to find out what was done to keep children safe during the World Cup, how effective they had been, and what role the media had played!

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