Resources - Media Analysis

Media Monitoring Africa releases periodic media analysis pieces looking at current issues in the media though a human rights lens.

Category: Gender [REMOVE]

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.

The right to express but not racially stereotype

Media Monitoring Africa condemns Sunday World demeaning ‘coloured woman’ and display sexism

Gender Fatigue in Media Coverage of Women

When Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) published a preliminary look into the winners and sinners in the media coverage around Women’s Day and Month, a more comprehensive analysis of print articles and television reports from that period was also promised. Here it is!

The Sunday Times dedicates an edition to wonderful women.

The Sunday Times dedicates its edition on the 23rd of May 2010 to both powerful and ordinary women doing great work for the economy and in their communities.

Election coverage 6 March 2009 - ANC the talk of the provinces

Media Monitoring Africa has monitored every democratic election in South Africa. This year we are doing the same, providing daily and weekly reports on media coverage of election news, as well as MMA’s Election Media Ratings.

Election coverage 25 February 2009 - Malemaphilia or otherwise?

Media Monitoring Africa has monitored every democratic election in South Africa.  This year we are doing the same, providing daily reports on media coverage of election news[1], weekly reports as well as MMA’s Election Media Ratings.

Top stories for Wednesday the 25 February are:

Guinea pigs and the frantic search for the AIDS vaccine gel

The coverage of Microbicide trails in 2007 the following findings showed the following patterns:

  • The stories were afforded significant prominence in some of the newspapers monitored.
  • Just over a quarter of the content items dramatised the issues.  This included using phrases such as “frantic search”, describing the volunteers as “desperate” or “pleading”, the use of exclamation marks, different font sizes and capitals to emphasise controversy, and the use of unnamed sources who make allegations that are not substantiated in the items monitored;
  • Most content items analysed show a clear bias either in favour of the HIV and AIDS researchers, or against the researchers.
  • In contrast, the volunteers are treated ambivalently and even in a demeaning way in several content items.
Wailing women on e-tv news

In the month of August, Women’s Month, the Media Monitoring Project (MMP) monitored the media with a specific focus on the portrayal of women. This is part of MMP’s work as an independent media watchdog, fundamentally concerned with promoting Human Rights in the media.  During the monitoring of the news bulletins it appeared the women were often shown crying to add drama to the various stories.

The ethics of 16 Days Media coverage

During 2006 the Media Monitoring Project analysed coverage of the 16 days campaign to examine whether media upheld generally accepted media ethical principles. The findings show that, in covering the Campaign stories, the media most commonly violates the principle to do no harm, frequently by identifying the victim and exposing them to potential further abuse and victimisation.

Refugees and gender

South Africa was the main destination, worldwide, for new asylum-seekers in 2006, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is surprising then, the lack of attention that World Refugee Day and its associated gender issues got from the South African media.

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