Resources - Get Mad/Glad

On a weekly basis, Media Monitoring Africa elects and writes about stories which violate or support child’s rights in the news. Read more.

highlighting issues in rural area

An article in the Sunday Times is one to get glad about, because it raises interesting issues about abuses in rural areas. However, there are some aspects in this piece that one could get mad about.

Environmental hazards and children’s vulnerablity

The Sowetan (24/07/07, p.4) published a story titled “Lives at risk as mines coin it: State knew about danger for 40 years,” about exposed toxic wastes which allegedly endanger millions of people in Gauteng and the North West Province. This article is one to be glad of as it is educational, includes the views of children, and covers a topic which does not receive as much attention as it could do; the environment.

Sunday World covers sensitive issue, responsibly

Sunday World (20 /05/2007, p.6) carried a story under the headline “Kid sex slaves: social worker nabbed for selling girls into prostitution.” The story is about a social worker who sold girls aged between 15 and 17 years into prostitution instead of putting them in a place of safety as promised .The social worker has been arrested and has already made an initial appearance in the Pretoria magistrate courts.

Empowering experiences to teach tolerance

The article published in the Daily Sun 22 May 2007, p. 28 was indeed refreshing. Teaching tolerance among children should be highlighted and commended regularly.

Success in Daily Voice complaint

The Media Monitoring Project filed a complaint against the Daily Voice about the coverage of children in a child pornography feature.  We also highlighted this case of bad coverage and launched a petition against it.  The Daily Voice approached MMP for a settlement to the complaint.

Child Hero of Daily Sun

A boy aged 13 bravely ran to his neighbours after he had been stabbed in the face by a man who sexually assaulted his mother. The man is suspected to be HIV positive. This was a front page story in the Daily Sun (23 April 2007, p1 & 2) entitled Boy of 13 tried to save mum from rapist!

Child Hero of Daily Sun

A boy aged 13 bravely ran to his neighbours after he had been stabbed in the face by a man who sexually assaulted his mother. The man is suspected to be HIV positive. This was a front page story in the The Daily Sun (23 April 2007, p1 &/ entitled Boy of 13 tried to save mum from rapist!

Sugar Daddies

The Sunday World, 25 March 2007, p6 carried an article about an increase in younger women–older men relationships, the latter commonly called “sugar daddies.” The manner in which it was covered is something to get glad about.

Star highlights long walk to freedom

On 13 March 2007, an exemplary piece on children was published in The Star (page 13) titled Brothers’ long walk to freedom. It follows the day in the life of two teenage boys who are not deterred from attending school despite a 24km walk to get there and back because there is not enough money for transport. The headline is witty and plays on the discourse of struggle and liberation invoked by Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The story takes up a whole newspaper page and the photographs are highly aesthetic.

Violence in schools

Within one week, the Daily Sun published two stories about children subjected to crime in school by their teachers.

On 7 March 2007, the Daily Sun had a story with a headline “TEACHER WHIPPED MY KID!” It was accompanied by a picture of the alleged victim and her mother. The story continued on page two with another picture of the mother and the child and an insert showing the bruised thigh of the child, she is standing in her underwear for the picture.

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