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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Daily Election Report - Issue 10
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 24, 2013
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delays reports of Zanu-PF’s rivals
to give extensive coverage to Zanu-PF rallies held at Aerodrome
grounds in Mutare and Hatfield constituency in Harare. As has become
the norm, the “star” rally held in Mutare was again
accorded uninterrupted live coverage on both the public broadcaster’s
radio and television channels.
Five of the
seven party campaign stories on ZTV promoted Zanu-PF officials,
including President Mugabe, First lady Grace Mugabe, Vice-President
Joice Mujuru and Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.
MDC-T on the
other hand was accorded much less time and less favour. The MDC-N’s
Binga rally was given just two minutes just enough time to quote
its deputy president, Edwin Mushoriwa saying of his political rival,
“Tsvangirai believes in corruption and violence, together
with his party”.
Only Spot FM’s
report on the MDC-T rallies in Mashonaland East reported Tsvangirai
taking a swipe at traditional leaders, whom he accused of intimidating
his supporters, saying he would “deal with them.”
report on the MDC-T highlighted how Tsvangirai had failed to convince
two of his party’s candidates to withdraw to allow the MDC-T’s
alliance partners, MKD and Zanu Ndonga candidates a better chance
of winning in the two constituencies where they are standing.
news of one MDC-T rally held in Gweru over the weekend and another
on the MDC-N’s Lower Gweru rally on Monday. Both these rallies
were only reported days after taking place and raises questions
about whether ZiFM’s owner, Supa Mandiwanzira, who happened
to have been the master of ceremonies at Mugabe’s rally in
Mutare, deliberately delayed these reports. ZiFM joins ZBC in giving
other political parties questionable coverage
of their election campaigns compared to its coverage of Zanu-PF.
Star FM and
ZiFM both carried reports of the Zanu-PF Mutare rally, while SW
Radio Africa and Studio 7 did not. Instead, they followed up reports
on Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo’s directive
to all councils to write off all debts incurred by residents between
February 2009 and June 2013.
media dismissed this as a vote-buying gimmick, whilst the same report
received uncritical cheers from the state media.
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