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Daily Media Referendum Watch - Issue 04
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
March 15, 2013
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all about the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign!
broadcaster, ZBC, continued to promote voices only campaigning
for the adoption of the draft constitution in the referendum
in all its five reports on whether Zimbabweans should ‘Vote
Yes’ or ‘No’ in the referendum.
ZBC (13/3, 8pm)
reported senior party officials such as Patrick Chinamasa, Oppa
Muchinguri, Dick Mafios, Angeline Masuku and Anastacia Ndlovu, urging
ZANU PF supporters, and Zimbabweans in general, to support the draft.
These officials were speaking at several rallies across the country.
On one of the
occasions, ZTV reported ZANU PF Women’s League deputy chairperson
Muchinguri telling party supporters in Bindura: “Look Kenya
is now celebrating, so let’s sort out our own situation. As
ZANU-PF we worked with Kenyatta. Let’s go and shame the devil
by voting ‘Yes’”.
In another report,
the same station reported Ndlovu urging Zimbabweans to ‘Vote
Yes’ because the draft offers “free basic education
to all” as alluded to in Sections 19. 2 (d), 27 (2) and 75.
On the other
hand, it was only the private radios that reported those opposed
to the draft in their six reports. Half of these reports were on
by the Supreme Court of the NCA’s
appeal seeking an extension of the referendum date by at least two
months (ZiFM, Studio 7 & SW Radio Africa, 13/3).
news items were on calls by some opposition parties, such as Mavambo
and civic groups, such as the Zimbabwe Chapter of the International
Socialist Organization for the public to reject the draft (Studio
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