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Hate speech report for the month ending August 2013
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
September 16, 2013
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The report records inflammatory, intimidating, insulting
and abusive language carried in both the local print and electronic
media during the month of August 2013.
mainstream media, both print and electronic, were monitored. Fig
1 shows the surveyed media.
List of surveyed media
- This report is based on the analysis of insulting,
abusive, inflammatory and intolerant language contained in the
surveyed media, which were classified according to offenders;
victims; and methods/categories of hate speech.
- A total of 29 counts of such hate language were
recorded, representing a 16% increase from last month’s
- As in our previous three reports, The Herald
recorded the most counts of hate speech and intolerant language.
The paper published 19 (66%) such counts. Of the 19 counts,
- 15 (79%) were committed by its columnists. Three
(16%) appeared in news reports, while the remaining one appeared
on its leader page.
- NewsDay and the Daily News came a distant second
with four incidents each, three of which were news reports of
politicians making intolerant and inflammatory comments. Collectively,
this represented 28% of the incidents. Notably, these two private
dailies did not advocate hate speech through their own editorial
columns or through editorial intrusions into news stories. They
simply reported politicians committing the offence.
- The national television station, ZTV, closely
followed with three (10%) incidents. This represented a 57% decline
from last month’s seven counts.
- The Sunday Mail recorded two incidents, while
the Zimbabwe Independent carried one.
- Notably, Studio 7, SW Radio Africa, ZiFM Stereo,
Star FM; Spot FM; The Standard and The Daily News On Sunday did
not record any incidents of hate speech this month
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