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  • Weekly Media Update 2010-25
    The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
    Monday June 28th - Sunday July 4th 2010
    July 07, 2010

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    Reports alleging that two senior government ministers, ZANU PF's Didymus Mutasa and the MDC-T's Co-Minister of Home Affairs, Theresa Makone, had intimidated the police in an effort to obtain the release of Mutasa's son, Martin Mutasa, from custody, provided some spice in a week that was again dominated by the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee's chaotic management of its constitutional outreach consultation programme. The surprise was that this shocking news appeared as the front-page lead story in The Herald where ministers are rarely, if ever, accused of such allegations.

    Although all the media continued to publicize the administrative nightmares plaguing COPAC's exercise, the state-run media censored a wave of political intimidation against a cross-section of Zimbabwean society, mostly those living in rural areas, aimed at coercing people to support ZANU PF's position on the new constitution. Apart from publicizing the threats, and some violence, the private media quoted analysts and civic organizations arguing that the problem would undermine the credibility of COPAC's exercise.

    Fig 1: Top stories in the media

    Media Constitutional
    reforms
    Chiadzwa
    diamonds
    Intimidation
    of the police
    Human rights
    Public
    media
    48 19
    5 5
    Private Media
    53
    23 8 28
    Total 101 44 13 33

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