Daily Media Monitoring Report Issue 22

/Introduction

This twenty-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 thirtieth day of the election period – 29 June 2018.

Conclusion

On the thirtieth day of the electoral period, Media Monitors continues to note challenges in the diversity of the media’s coverage of political parties. While there has been consistent coverage of ZANU PF on all the platforms monitored, coverage of the other political parties has been erratic and inequitable. The coverage has not been in line with the stipulations in the Electoral Act. It is critical for ZEC to track reporting trends in the media to ensure all political parties receive coverage that is fair and balanced.

Coverage of women and youth political actors has not been inclusive as they are barely visible in the monitored news platforms particularly the electronic media. There has been less coverage of women political actors’ policy vision since most of their coverage has been event driven.

Source: Media Monitors

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