SABC 2 seTSWANA NEWS 10/12/2018

Date: March 31, 2019
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Name of monitor: Your name Madikana Matjila
Name of Television station: Channel where you are getting the story SABC 2
Name of programme: Name of News programme Setswana/Sepedi news
Date of broadcast: Date when the news item was broadcast 10 December 2018
Story number in the bulletin 9
Time: Time of broadcast 20H00 – 20H30
Genre: Type of news
Analysis and commentary
Mixed NEWS
Theme: Which topic category is this? List all the topics that relate to this story Emotional abuse
Skills: This description refers to the main journalistic skill that is highlighted in the story that could be either positive or negative.
Events vs Issues Fairness
Hard News vs Soft news
Use of data Portrayal

GBV focus explicit or implicit? Please ensure that the examples you chose either explicitly or implicitly concern GBV Explicit
Gem Classification: Gender and Media Classification
Gender Aware
Gender Blind
Subtle stereotypes
Blatant stereotypes Gender Aware
Provide a link: Link to where this story can be accessed
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Brief description of news story:
This story follows an event that brought together victims of abuse on the last day of the 16 Days of activism for no violence on women and children. It is fair coverage that gives a different perspective on the views expressed by victims of abuse. They are not portrayed as victims but brave citizens who know and understand their rights.

This is a rally where government, police and civil society engage about ways to support victims of abuse. The rally focuses on emotional abuse as the most ignored form of GBV. The reporter in this coverage applies sensitivity when dealing with the language and visual aspects of the story.

Why it has been given this GEM classification:
• Diverse views
• Deals with emotional abuse as a form GBV
• Presents balanced views
• Uses sensitive visual that do not portray women and children as victims
• Creates an awareness around a subtle form of GBV

Gender Based violence or abuse is always expected to be physical and victims always have to show their injuries to prove abuse. This story however makes an awareness that emotional abuse is also a part of the abuse. This report follows engages different views from government, social groups and the victims of non – physical abuse. It creates a needed awareness that abuse is not only physical and those that are abused emotionally also need support. This report is good example of a gender aware storyline because in addition to the views expressed by the abused, the reporter goes ahead and engages the police, the social department and civil group. Women are not portrayed as weak and victims to prove a point that they are being abused as is always the case with many GBV stories.

This report further offers information on where people should go if abused and call on different parties to support abuse victims. Given the complexities of emotional abuse stories, one would argue that the reporter gave their fair amount of time and though to the story and applied sensitivity in visual, language use, and tone. The typical coverage and portrayal of GBV stories are focused on graphics (showing the abused crying, wounded etc) as a result there seems to be an expectation that one would present injuries for law enforcement to take them to be taken serious. This story deals with a depressing issue in lively and more educational manner.

Language. The language used in this story is gender sensitive. There are known phrases that demean victims or perpetuate abuse that the report uses. The tone of the narration is also lively painting a story a hope and vigilance. The victims whose views are sought out are not referred to as victims but rather survivors whose messages of hope can save others.

There’s fair amount of care in terms of the focus of the story. One would ideally expect issues around abuse to feature abused people who look desperate for help, or visual that show bruises mainly from women and children. This report focused on the story and did not sensationalize abuse as is normally the case.

Angles and perspective.
The reporter focused on the essence of the story. Engaged the people whose voices mattered the most and used the visual to paint a positive story that emotional abuse is also a form of abuse that needs to be looked at. There is always an oversight when it comes to emotional abuse perpetrators, probably because the legal system needs a lot of evidence to prove the crime. This report fairly sourced a view from the law enforcement and that is commendable.

Many stories that deal with abuse of GBV always show visuals that imply a different message. The visual and tone of the story would sometimes be depressing and uses connotations that might imply a blame of the abused. This report however, focused more on creating awareness and sourced views on where victims can go for help.


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