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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Daily Election Report – Issue 5
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 19, 2013
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Media Report - Thursday, July 18, 2013
the news in the electronic media today were the political parties’
activities going on around the country ahead
of the July 31 harmonized elections.
news was Chinamasa’s arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for
the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting to discuss
Zimbabwe’s election preparations. Chinamasa is expected to
travel to the SADC Troika meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, on
- The electronic
media recorded a total of 28 election related stories. Of these
11 were on political party activities. Ten stories were on administrative
issues, three on election-related political violence, and two
on media issues.
- Of the 11
political party activities, five were in the public broadcaster
(ZTV four and Spot FM one) and the remaining six appeared in the
privately owned radio stations (ZiFM, Star FM and Studio 7 had
two reports each).
- ZTV allocated
18 minutes 58 seconds to Zanu-PF activities in its main evening
news bulletin and 2 minutes 34 seconds to the ZDP, once again
showing that the public broadcaster is not adhering to its mandate
of equitable coverage.
- Of the 10
stories on administrative issues four appeared on ZBC whilst six
were in the private media.
- SW Radio
Africa reported two stories on political violence.
- ZTV carried
two stories on media issues; one on ZEC criticizing the media
for writing negatively about the electoral body; the other on
the emergence of a new television station, 1st TV, broadcasting
into Zimbabwe using the free-to-air Wiztech platform, which the
broadcaster described as “illegal”.
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