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Monitoring Organization Says Zimbabwean State Media Remains Biased

The Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe said Tuesday that the country's state-controlled media continue to weigh their coverage in favor of President Robert Mugabe and the former ruling ZANU-PF party despite the formation in February of a unity government.

The MMPZ said ZANU-PF members of the government are given more ink and airtime than their counterparts in the Movement for Democratic Change, whose dominant formation is led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. It said private media have been more even-handed.

Media Monitoring Project Advocacy Coordinator Dzikamai Machingura told reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga that state media coverage of an address to parliament last week by the Reserve Bank governor, Gideon Gono, proved that coverage remains biased.

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