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Children in the News: Seen but still not heard

31 January 2014

Media Monitoring Africa’s latest research into South African and Zambian media shows that coverage of children in the news has increased over the years. However, there are still on-going challenges in terms of how children are covered. For example, the media in both countries still do not give children a voice.

Among others, the research also found that:

  • Children hardly had an identity or voice as they were rarely accessed (quoted directly or indirectly) or named in both South African and Zambian media;
  • Children continued to occupy negative roles such as “victim” in stories monitored by child monitors in both countries; and
  • Child media monitors from both countries mostly feel “mad” and “angry” about the way media represent them.

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