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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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    Electronic Media Report - Thursday, July 18, 2013


    Highlights of the news in the electronic media today were the political parties’ activities going on around the country ahead of the July 31 harmonized elections.

    Other notable 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 Saturday.

    The stats

    • 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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