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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Daily Election Report - Issue 8
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 22, 2013
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continues to enjoy biased coverage on ZTV
public broadcaster, ZBC, continued to disregard its obligation to
cover the activities of all political parties and candidates fairly
and equitably during elections as stipulated in the Electoral
Act, section 160J(a-e).
All six of ZTV’s
reports focused on the Zanu-PF campaigns where party officials,
such as President Mugabe, Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Local Government
Minister Ignatius Chombo, and Zanu-PF politburo member Tendai Savanhu,
were all allowed 20 minutes of free airtime on the main evening
news bulletin to campaign for their party.
The station carried no
reports of other political party activities.
private radio station Star FM aired one report where the Bulawayo
Progressive Residents Association was reported to be holding
meetings for aspiring candidates for the harmonised
elections to meet residents.
Studio 7 carried one
report on the MDC-T rallies in the Midlands province, where its
leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, promised to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s
The report also announced
the MDC-T and Zanu-PF schedule of rallies due to be held around
Notably, ZTV restricted
coverage of the MDC-T rally in Bulawayo and the MDC-N rally in Binga
on Saturday to its website, where news of these events were posted
But even then, the report
of the MDC-T event was highly selective and distorted in order to
discredit the party’s leader. The ZTV website report used
a comment from Tsvangirai’s White City Stadium speech; that
he recognised the critical role of Zimbabwe’s liberation war
heroes, to accuse him of hypocrisy since it claimed that he had
“boycotted” the funerals of some national heroes, such
as the late Major-General Jevan Maseko.
This report reinforced
ZTV’s blatant bias against Zanu-PF’s most serious political
rival, the MDC-T, and compounded its policy of depriving the party
of any significant airtime on the only television broadcasting station
in the country.
ZTV’s website also
carried another negative story claiming that MDC-T supporters in
Marondera had defected to Zanu-PF because “it has people oriented
programmes”. Although the story accessed comment from some
of the alleged defectors, it made no attempt to seek comment from
The only MDC-N
report on the ZBC website was on the launch of the party’s
where its leader Welshman Ncube promised to improve the health sector.
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