This twenty-seventh media monitoring report on the 2018 elections highlights trends in 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 37th day of the election period – 06 July 2018.
On the 37th day of the electoral period, Media Monitors has noted efforts by ZBC to comply with the Electoral Act’s stipulations for Direct Access programming through its programme The Manifesto, which gives time to political actors to share their manifestos without moderation. While the programme is a welcome idea, care should be taken to ensure timing of the programme does not disadvantage some parties as BZA’s manifesto was aired before primetime at (1740) whilst that of CODE was aired at (1915) during primetime.
Source: Media Monitors
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