International Women's Day dominates media in week of grim news

2016-03-13 12:54
(Aminu Abubakar, AFP)

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Johannesburg - International Women's day dominated South African news media this week, media monitoring company ROi Africa said on Sunday.

Managing director Tonya Khoury said in a statement that it was encouraging to see a good news story take over the ROi Africa news charts.

ROi Africa monitors media across global and local print publications, radio, television, online and social media.

Over a seven-day period, it found that International Women's Day dominated with 27% of news coverage.

Other big stories included the Rand's performance and the municipal elections.

Despite strong local interest, the murder of teenager Franziska Blochliger received only 5.17% coverage while the Zephany Nurse court case received 0.34%. Nurse was kidnapped 19 years ago. The woman who abducted her was convicted this past week.

On social media, the sentencing of hip hop musician Flabba's murderer took up almost 20% of the social media conversation.

Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi was stabbed by his girlfriend in the chest in March 2009 at his Alexandra home after the two were involved in a heated argument.

Super Rugby (10.18%), Israeli apartheid week (8.47%) and the Municipal elections (8.35%) were among the remainder of social media conversations.

Meanwhile international news continued to be dominated by the US presidential campaign.

Businessman and Republican candidate Donald Trump took up 28.23% of news coverage, followed by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with 18.6%.

Other big entries included the seven-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova's failed drug test (5.7%), and the death of Nancy Reagan (7.13%).

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