Media News - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A Zimbabwean watchdog has criticized the state media for continued bias against the MDC and lack of respect for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other politicians outside President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party. The Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe, MMPZ, said on Monday that despite a provision in the unity government agreement compelling public newspapers and broadcasters to maintain balance, the outlets were still leaning towards Zanu PF. In many cases, newspapers such as the Herald, Sunday Mail, Sunday News and the Chronicle reported falsely about the MDC with the intention of harming the party, and never apologize when their reports are proven otherwise, said Edson Madondo, the watchdog's deputy coordinator for research and monitoring. The latest case in point is a Herald report last Friday alleging Tsvangirai’s wife, Elizabeth Macheka had left the previous day for a shopping spree in South Africa and India to buy jewelry and other auxiliary accessories for their upcoming wedding. But the story turned out to be false when Macheka showed up for a public event in Harare with Tsvangirai the same day the Herald said she was out of the country. This forced the newspaper to publish a follow-up report Saturday saying the shopping trip had been canceled at the last minute. It did not explain why. On Monday the paper ran another story saying Macheka had missed her flight. The watchdog says there are several other examples where state media, particularly the Herald and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation have deliberately attempted to falsely portray the MDC in a bad light. (VOA News)
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