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Daily Election Report - Issue 11
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 25, 2013
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steps up the propaganda
slavish devotion to promoting Zanu-PF’s election fortunes
exceeded even its own massively biased standards in today’s
evening news bulletin, dedicating more than 33 minutes of its 40-minute
bulletin to favourable coverage of the party’s political campaign
activities in nine stories.
Only a three-minute
swipe at the MDC-T’s low turnout rallies in Murehwa and Kotwa,
and two other 90-second items about the administrative issues
of the 2013 elections, interrupted the propaganda for Zanu-PF
in the “news” section ZTV’s bulletin this evening.
But the need
to give the party “that little extra support” in its
news bulletin might have arisen due to the fact that – for
the first time in the campaign – the so-called national public
broadcaster did not give President Mugabe’s rallies in Norton
and Zvimba today any live coverage.
more than any other MMPZ has monitored in the past 10 days, demonstrates
beyond a shadow of doubt ZBC’s utter contempt for the country’s
[Chapter 2:13] Part XXIB section 160J (a) that calls for the news
media to treat all political parties and candidates equitably in
regard “to the extent, timing and prominence of the coverage
accorded to them” (political parties and candidates).
while ZTV’s reports on the rallies of Mugabe and Vice-President
Joice Mujuru were contemporary (among the others it revisited in
the bulletin), the report on the MDC-T’s rallies was from
the previous day (Tuesday). The station simply ignored Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s address to his supporters in Chikomba
SW Radio Africa
reported widespread intimidation against MDC-T supporters by Zanu-PF
youths at the MDC-T’s Kotwa and Murehwa rallies, which had
resulted in poor attendances.
ZTV quoted Tsvangirai
saying, “Presently, in the rural areas, it’s not a surprise…to
hear traditional leaders threatening their subjects…should
they attend Tsvangirai rallies. To all traditional leaders, know
that the sun will rise (and) I shall come back here…as the
country’s president and will convene all traditional leaders
and ask them where they stand.” But ZTV deliberately distorted
this statement when the presenter introduced the news item, saying:
“Tsvangirai threatens to deal with traditional leaders if
the local private stations made an effort to give roughly equal
coverage of the country’s two main political parties by providing
factual reports of their activities in their five reports. However,
Studio 7 and SW Radio Africa only reported on the MDC-T’s
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