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Category: Race, Xenophobia and Ethnicity [REMOVE]

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

The Times identifies a child when it is not in his best interest

The article “High school in racism drama” published in The Times (03/08/2010p.7) is one to be mad about. It reported on an alleged theft case at a school where racism has occurred. In this story a child, who was accused of the crime, was identified.

City Press gives children a voice to challenge xenophobic attitudes

City Press gets a glad for its article “Learning in Peace” (08/08/2010, p. 14) about a school that works to ensure there’s no xenophobia in its classrooms.

The Citizen reinforces racial stereotypes

The Citizen’s article “World Cup blasts: toll tops 74” (The Citizen, 13/07/2010, p. 10) has given Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) many reasons to be mad. The report identified a child, used an extremely graphic photo of dead victims, and reinforced racial stereotypes.

Beeld inflames tense situation

Beeld’s article “Klag kom ná k-woord” (05/03/2010, p. 5), by Hilda Fourie and Sonja Carstens, violates children’s rights and sensationalises violence by children. The article revolves around a classroom fight, access to cell phone footage of which has been provided. It is not clear what journalistic purpose this serves and seems salacious.  The story identifies the children involved and the school they attend, while criminal charges have been laid. There is a race component to the story, yet insufficient care has been taken to minimise harm.

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