Back to Index, Back to Special Index
This article participates on the following special index pages:
Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Daily Election Report - Issue 9
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 23, 2013
PDF version (227KB)
If you do not have the free Acrobat reader
on your computer, download it from the Adobe website by clicking
gives MDC-T negative exposure
broadcaster’s news coverage of the political parties’
activities continued to be massively skewed in favour of Zanu-PF,
focusing on the party’s business in 10 promotional stories,
while presenting the MDC-T’s activities in an exclusively
radio stations aired six stories on the activities of the parties
[ZiFM three, Star FM, Studio 7 and SW Radio Africa one each]
media reported factually on all the main parties, although SW Radio
Africa only reported on the fleet of expensive campaign vehicles
acquired by Zanu-PF, rather than their rallies and ZiFM only reported
on the MDC-T’s rallies held over the weekend in their evening
bulletin today (Monday).
Studio 7 reported
on the MDC-T’s Monday rally in Rusape where party leader Morgan
Tsvangirai urged his supporters in Makoni Central constituency to
vote for the party’s alliance partner, Simba Makoni of Mavambo/Dawn
party. But they didn’t report on the friction this has caused.
The ZTV and
Spot FM bulletins were dominated by Zanu-PF rallies addressed by
Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Local Government Minister Ignatius
Chombo and the party’s aspiring candidates for local authorities,
all expressing their confidence of a Zanu-PF election victory.
The public broadcaster’s
radio and television bulletins reported Mujuru addressing rallies
in Goromonzi West where she attacked the coalition
government, saying it had caused people “much suffering”
and condemned MDC-T Finance Minister, Tendai Biti for not releasing
on ZTV provided a round-up of Zanu-PF rallies held nationwide.
In a four-and-a-half
minute report on the MDC-T’s weekend rallies, ZTV only reported
that the party’s leader “contradicted himself (in Bulawayo)
when he paid tribute to the fallen heroes and yet he has boycotted
the burial of some national heroes.”
In another of
its four reports on the MDC-T, ZTV criticised the party’s
claim that it would create a million jobs if it gets a chance to
govern. Without presenting any evidence, the presenter simply stated
“there have already been questions and doubts on how they
would achieve the feat of creating a million jobs…Analysts
say…the MDC-T manifesto remains political rhetoric with unrealistic
Spot FM reported
National Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Board chairperson
Retired General Mike Nyambuya announcing that President Mugabe was
expected to hand out one million dollars before the end of the month
to boost agricultural production in Manicaland.
This was not
viewed as vote-buying.
Tsvangirai addressing a rally in Gweru challenging all the presidential
candidates to a public debate, saying it would help Zimbabweans
make an informed
decision when they vote on July 31.
Visit the MMPZ
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.