November 21, 2006

NEWS: Media Monitoring Project observes 16 Days coverage (SOUTH AFRICA)

Media Monitoring Project observes 16 Days coverage
By Lavinia Mahlangu

The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) will observe media coverage of gender-based violence and child abuse for a fifth year during the "16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children" campaign.

"We will be looking out for reporting that is respectful of human rights and that which protects the people concerned from further abuse.

"There are definitely ways of presenting quality reporting on gender violence and child abuse, without further violating human rights," says William Bird, Director of the MMP.

This year's theme for the international campaign is "Celebrate 16 Years of 16 Days: Advance Human Rights, End Violence Against Women."

Last year the MMP's research picked up a disturbing trend among some media organisations, of naming or identifying children who had been abused or had witnessed crimes.

While the overall intention of those stories had been clearly positive in raising issues of abuse, said the MMP, they had in fact further violated the rights of the children concerned.

It was found that one in ten children was identified in the media in stories about child abuse.

The organisation said this pointed to the fact that a number of media seemingly chose profit over people's rights to dignity and privacy.
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