Daily Media Monitoring Report Issue 2

Introduction

This second media monitoring report on the 2018 elections highlights trends in the Zimbabwean media’s performance in their coverage of the elections. The study assessed the level to which the media is fair and balanced in representing political players. The report covers issues reported by the media on the second day of the election period – 1 June 2018.

Conclusion

Reporting of second day of the official election period shows very little effort on the part of the media to give equitable coverage to all political parties and players as required by the electoral laws of Zimbabwe. The monitored news platforms are yet to show the diversity that fairly represents the political landscape in Zimbabwe in terms of political affiliation, tone, gender or age.

Media Monitors strongly recommends media houses to align their editorial policies with the legal requirements of equitable representation of all political parties in their coverage.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should urgently put in place an effective mechanism to monitor, supervise and sanction the media where there are glitches in electoral reporting.

Source: Media Monitors

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