Daily Media Monitoring Report Issue 11

/Introduction

This eleventh 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 seventeenth day of the election period – 16 June 2018.

Conclusion

It appears as though election reporting in the local media is event driven; the sitting of the nomination court drew a lot of media attention, which has faded significantly a day after. There was a notable decline in the number of political parties covered by most of the media platforms monitored. Also of note was the decline in women’s voices in the news media.

Media Monitors encourages the media to consistently give coverage to election related developments until after elections. Representation of diverse groups who include, women, youths and people living with disabilities should also be prioritised.

Source: Media Monitors

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