versus The Daily News (23 July 2013)
Mandiwanzira filed a complaint over the coverage of President
Mugabe's Star Rally in Mutare held on the 23rd of July 2013.
Mandiwanzira complained that the article published by the
Daily News is inaccurate. Mr Mandiwanzira says people were
not forced to attend the rally but did so on their own.
Mandiwanzira says as the Director of Ceremonies at the rally
he was aware that people were not forced to attend the rally
and says the massive turnout at the rally was a result of
President Mugabe’s popularity.
Mandiwanzira wants the Daily News to retract the article
complainant withdrew the case before the matter was heard
by the Media Complaints Committee (MCC) after the complainant
reached an agreement over the matter with the Daily News.
Professor Lovemore Madhuku vs Daily News.
June 2013 , 20 June 2013)
Lovemore Madhuku filed a complaint with the Media Complaints
Committee over a story published in The Daily News on Sunday
of 16 June 2013. Prof Madhuku says the story and the comment
published in the paper are not true and are meant to portray
him in bad light.
Madhuku alleges that the Daily News’ article headlined
“Bloated SADC Summit Entourage” is inaccurate
as he (Madhuku) was purportedly said to be among the 67
names of the Zanu-PF delegation to the Maputo SADC summit.
matter was heard by the MCC. Prof Madhuku at the meeting
was represented by NCA
information officer, Maddock Chivasa while the Daily News
was represented by Political Editor, Thelma Chikwana.
parties made presentations to the MCC.
his case Prof Madhuku said he was not on the Zanu-PF delegation
list and indicated that he did not attend the SADC Summit
Daily News in the presentation to the committee said they
got the story from their sources, the paper indicated that
they did not see the list but were basing their story on
sources who saw the list.
MCC however, in analysing the matter said the Daily News
should have afforded Prof Madhuku a right of reply. The
MCC also indicated that the story in the Daily News was
written as if the paper had seen Madhuku’s name on
the Zanu-PF list.
committee in its judgment ruled that the Daily News should
afford Prof Madhuku a right of reply for him to give his
response to allegations raised in article. The newspaper
and the complainant agreed to liase over time frame to publish
the right of reply.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi versus The Herald
Mukwazhi filed a complaint against The Herald , Zimbabwe
Independent, Daily News and NewsDay over the newspaper’s
alleged use of his pictures without acknowledging him or
the organisation that he works for.
matter was referred to the Media Complaints Committee (MCC)
and three newspapers Zimbabwe Independent, NewsDay and The
Daily News attended the hearing on the matter. The Herald
did not attend the hearing.
at the hearing unreservedly concurred that media houses
had an obligation to acknowledge source of any works published.
parties after presenting their cases agreed that there was
a need to agree on a standard way of paying for pictures
that would have been downloaded from the internet if and
when the owner /complaint needed payments.
parties agreed to use rates for pictures agreed to between
media houses and journalists unions as a future remedy when
such a situation arises.
withdrew invoices that he had earlier issued to the four