Sunday, June 1, 2008

Xenophobia in the Media - Daily Sun Called to Account

The xenophobic violence that has racked South Africa in recent weeks raises important questions about the role of the media in reporting the tragedies. The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) has filed a complaint against the Daily Sun for what it perceives as inflammatory and callous coverage of the violence. The MMP objected to the repeated use of the term 'alien' in the Sun's reportage, claiming that this amounted to complicity in the attacks, in that the term reinforced negative assumptions about non-citizens.

The Media Monitoring Project's statement.

More information on the procedure of the complaint can be found on the Press Council's Website.

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