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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Daily Election Report - Issue 14
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
July 28, 2013
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painted in a bad light again…
to favour reporting on Zanu-PF’s rallies in its news stories,
compared to its coverage of the other political parties. In what
has become the norm, the national broadcaster’s television
and radio stations gave nearly three hours of live coverage to Zanu-PF’s
White City Stadium rally in Bulawayo. The national broadcaster has
yet to grant such live coverage to any other political party.
the evening news bulletins of Spot FM and ZTV were again completely
dominated by news of Zanu-PF’s rallies, devoting nine of their
14 campaign stories to Zanu-PF.
bias in favour of Zanu-PF illustrates ZBC’s contempt for Zimbabwe’s
electoral laws that demand the media cover the contesting political
parties equitably – not to mention fairly.
On Sunday a
member of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, responsible for enforcing
these laws, was reported saying that ZBC was complying with the
electoral laws governing the media’s conduct during elections.
However, the statistics in this report and those preceding it demonstrate
that this is not true.
Spot FM reported Zanu-PF’s presidential candidate, Robert
Mugabe, castigating MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai for declaring
his intention to break
the law and announce the election results.
itself to reporting mainly on Mugabe’s promises to revive
Bulawayo’s industrial heart and solve its water problems if
re-elected. ZBC’s other party activity reports featured a
variety of officials reiterating Zanu-PF’s rhetoric warning
the electorate not to reverse the gains of independence.
Of the private
radio stations, only Studio 7 carried one report each on Zanu-PF
and the MDC-T’s party activities. ZiFM (one) and Star FM (three)
only reported on Zanu-PF’s campaign.
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