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Zimbabweans Question Media's Role in Zanu PF Conflict

FILE - Zimbabweans listen to a radio for an announcement of election results in Umguza, April, 2008.

The Zimbabwean public and many others the world over are closely following developments within Zanu-PF, springing out of the allegations of factionalism that seem to have put Vice President Joice Mujuru’s political career on the line.

A source of most of the information in the on-going Zanu PF crisis is the Zimbabwe’s media. The Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe recently noted biased coverage in the state media, which has been aligned with the alleged faction of Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, while some privately-owned media has been accused by First Lady Grace Mugabe of favoring the alleged faction of Vice President Mujuru.

For a sense of the media’s role at this point, Studio 7’s Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, sought comment from Iden Wetherell of the weekly Zimbabwe Independent newspaper, and journalism professor Stanford Mukasa of the University of Pennsylvania in Indiana.

Wetherell says the private media is striving to report fairly.

Tune in Saturday for more on this discussion, analysing the media’s role in light of the internal conflicts in Zimbabwe’s ruling and opposition parties.

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