This fourteenth 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 twentieth day of the election period – 19 June 2018.
On the twentieth day of the electoral period, there continues to be a challenge with the plurality of political parties and actors covered by the print and electronic media. This therefore means that the public remains uninformed about the activities of the other political actors contesting in the upcoming elections.
There has however been a decline in the share of space and time allocated to the two main parties (ZANU PF and MDC Alliance), which is a positive sign as it creates more room for other political parties covered by the media. It is critical for the media to increase coverage of the less known parties so that the electorate can interrogate their policies and make informed decisions when they go to vote on July 30.
Source: Media Monitors
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