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Weekly Media Update 2010-38
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
Monday Septmber 27th - Sunday October 3rd 2010
October 08, 2010

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Summary

The death of ZANU PF's deputy political commissar Ephraim Masawi grabbed most attention in the state-controlled media during the week, especially in defence of ZANU PF's decision to declare him a national hero without consultation.

While these media showered praise on Masawi's contribution to the liberation struggle, the private media reported the indignation of the two MDC formations over ZANU PF's monopolization of the conferment of national hero status.

Both the government and private media publicized news that the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (Copac) had cancelled outreach consultative meetings, scheduled for Harare this weekend, adding fresh controversy to the chaotic outreach programme. While the print media and online publications gave significant coverage to government's economic reconstruction efforts, private radio stations paid little attention to the issue.

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