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.

Daily Voice and illegal coverage

The Daily Voice, a Cape Town daily newspaper has grossly abused children’s rights. This story, published the 9th of March 2007, on pages 1, 6 and 7 of the Daily Voice, show children that were drugged, raped, filmed for the purposes of a pornographic film. Their images were then published in the newspaper, with only their eye colour obscured.

A powerful message through innovative media practice

An article in the Witness on 13 February 2007, and available here, reflects the heartbreaking circumstances of a child affected by the impact of HIV and AIDS, it was a ‘Glad’ story because it brings a factual, sympathetic focus on the AIDS crisis - while respecting the subject’s/child’s right to privacy. I believe the article succeeds in raising awareness about the toll the epidemic is having on South African youth - whether they are HIV positive or not.

Glad of the Star’s follow ups

On the 6th of February, news broke of the murder of Thato Radebe, a 14 year old girl whose body was found in a veld in Emndeni, Soweto. During that week, a number of accounts and follow-up stories on child murders made headline news. These included the follow up stories on the escape of Sgidi Gasela who was arrested in the heist that left baby Nkhensane Mitileni dead after he was shot while strapped on her mother’s back; the trial of convicted sex predator John Peter Putter, who is charged for indecent assault of four school girls; the murder of Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi whose body was found not far from her home in Eldorado Park in 2005. There have been other stories of children being victims of crime reported since the beginning of the year, but the above-mentioned received prominent coverage.

Feel Good Picture

The Star newspaper published a story of Princess Caroline of Hanover on 13 February 2007, p2. The headline reads “Jovial kids give princess a right royal welcome”, and is about Princess Caroline visiting care centres for children affected by HIV/AIDS.  The Princess is the president of Amade Mondiale, an NGO that focuses on and advocates for the rights and well being of children in developing countries.

A powerful message through innovative media practice

An article in the Witness on 13 February 2007, and available here, reflects the heartbreaking circumstances of a child affected by the impact of HIV and AIDS, it was a ‘Glad’ story because it brings a factual, sympathetic focus on the AIDS crisis - while respecting the subject’s/child’s right to privacy. I believe the article succeeds in raising awareness about the toll the epidemic is having on South African youth - whether they are HIV positive or not.

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