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News Zim's most credible newspaper: MMPZ
Wendy Muperi, Daily News
September 04, 2013
The Daily News
is Zimbabwe’s most credible newspaper, according to a survey
by the Media
Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ).
leading daily got a 99 percent credibility score in the ‘Media
Credibility Index Zimbabwe’ survey conducted by MMPZ between
April and June this year.
daily, published by the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ),
only returned to the news stalls in March 2011 after eight years
of unjust closure by government.
News, with a credibility score of 99 percent, proved a credible
source of information among this group (dailies), showing that they
were capable of presenting national issues in a professional manner,”
reads the report.
Out of 81 Daily
News stories rated during the survey, only one failed the credibility
NewsDay had 98 percent credibility, with two stories which were
considered not credible out of 96 stories.
Zimbabwe’s oldest daily newspaper, had 86 percent credibility
and was censured for carrying stories that fell short of professional
The Herald regularly displayed gross professional incompetence in
its coverage of top events,” said Media Credibility Index
19 untrustworthy front-page stories in the three-month period, which
translates to 86 percent of the 22 leading stories that fell short
of professional journalistic standards.”
had an aggregate credibility standing of 94 percent.
Mail fared worse than all the surveyed media.
(80 percent) of the five unreliable top news reports recorded in
this media category (weeklies) appeared in the Sunday Mail,”
the survey said.
Mail had the lowest credibility rating (83 percent) among all the
surveyed media followed by The Herald (90 percent) and ZTV (92 percent).”
media was rated more favourably than their public counterparts.
the public media had an overall credibility rating of 88 per cent,
11 percent lower the aggregate 99 percent achieved by the private
media,” the findings say.
weaknesses in the monitored stories mostly arose from bias stemming
from misrepresentations, distortions, inaccuracies, lack of balance
and fairness; and downright manipulation of facts to further particular
The public media
were the most frequent offenders,” observed the Media Credibility
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