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

Category: HIV and AIDS [REMOVE]

The Star protects rape victim’s identity but doesn’t explore ‘HIV cure’ myth

The media plays a valuable role in informing the public about HIV and AIDS. Understanding and unpacking the myths commonly associated with HIV is also an important aspect of ensuring that the media reports accurately about the disease; an opportunity that The Star failed to exhaustively explore. While the article missed the opportunity to extensively dispel the myth that raping a virgin, a child or an HIV negative person will cure one of HIV, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) applauds The Star for protecting the identity of the child who was allegedly raped by his father with the belief that it will cure him of HIV.

Orphans identified by SABC, The Times and The New Age.

Three orphans living in a scrapped car were directly identified and interviewed when it was clearly not in their best interests, in reports by the SABC, The Times and The New Age.

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

Protect children’s best interests when prominent figures pay them a visit

An article published in The Star, “Princess takes a bow at care centre” (22/06/2010, p. 3) about Japanese Princess Takamado’s visit to the St. Francis Care, has given Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) reason to be mad.  It reported on a Japanese Princess’s visit to a care centre in Boksburg, which cares for adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS. A picture and name of a child interacting with the princess were provided, together with the names of two children at the centre.

A refreshing look at love in the time of HIV

In a time when reporting on HIV and AIDS is in desperate need of fresh angles to avoid fatigue of the subject, it is exciting to come across an article once in a while that reports on the matter with an amazing human element. One such article was “Love in the time of HIV,” City Press (21/02/2010, p. 25) which was nominated for a MAD OAT Glad for reporting on the challenges HIV-positive teenagers face when they reach puberty.

Ethical issues raised by reporting on children affected by HIV and AIDS


The article published in The Star by Health-e News Service, “Without ARVs life looks bleak for HIV/AIDS patients” (31/08/2009, p.8), and the accompanying photograph provided by The Star, received a MAD OAT Mad nomination. The article identified two children living with HIV and The Star provided a picture of one of them. Although the article is commended for investigating and raising awareness around drug shortages in the Free State and the effects this has had on HIV-positive patients, this was overshadowed by the identification of two children as being HIV-positive.

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