Resources - Media Analysis

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

Category: Media Freedom and Performance [REMOVE]

Media Coverage of Child Protection Week: Still room for improvement

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) conducted an in-depth analysis into the portrayal of issues affecting children during Child Protection Week. Read about the common trends, the highs and lows of media’s coverage of Child Protection Week.

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.

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Expresses Concern with the Protection of State Information Bill

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has expressed its concern with the Protection of State Information Bill which will be passed by the National Assembly today. The Centre has as a result released a press statement analysing the Bill’s remaining flaws.

Somalia in Media Images: Battling Compassion Fatigue

Images of emaciated children have recently made their way into the media following the widely reported famine in Somalia. Media Monitoring Africa conducted an in-depth analysis into the visual portrayal of the famine and the underlying messages.

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.

Elections Watch-Bias Patrol - Morning Live (11 May 2011)

In response to concerns raised of bias by one the SOS Coalition (Support Public Broadcasting) members, MMA has conducted a brief analysis of SABC 2’s Morning Live show (11 May 2011).

The right to express but not racially stereotype

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

January 2011: The month of multiple Children’s Rights Violations by SA Print Media

During the week 17th - 21st there were so many articles deserving of a MAD that MMA felt compelled to write MEGA MAD - citing articles in The Citizen, Daily Sun, Mail & Guardian, The New Age, Sowetan and The Star  for violating children’s rights.

This analysis has been endorsed by Childline and the Centre for Child Law

One sided defensive play – this is no game of sports, but the SABC, Gumede and the Mail & Guardian.

Media Monitoring Africa has taken a look at the spat between businessman Robert Gumede and the Mail and Guardian newspaper – or more specifically the role played by the public service broadcaster in the row and whether SABC has taken sides.

According to the analysis “The SABC has managed to aggravate the situation by refusing to be publicly accountable and instead adopting a ‘secret’ and ‘defensive’ stance.”

Rape is rape: media’s role in reporting the alleged gang rape of a school girl

On Thursday 4th November 2010 an 8th grade girl was allegedly gang raped by three schoolboys on the high school’s premises. The incident was allegedly filmed by students using mobile phones.

Numerous aspects of how this story has been reported have given Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) cause for concern.

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