ZEC to monitor media


Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Rita Makarau today said her body will take disciplinary action against journalists for unfair reporting in the coming elections. “Section 160K of the Act provides that the Commission, with the assistance of the Zimbabwe Media Commission and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe shall monitor the news media during any election period to ensure that the political parties, candidates, broadcasters, print publishers and journalists observe the law relating to media coverage of elections. Section 160J lays out a code of conduct for all broadcasters and print media publishers during an election period. The main import of this section is to compel you to treat all political parties and candidates equitably. This section however, has to read with the latest amendments to the Electoral Act which gives each political party and candidates the right to fair and equal access to the media, both public and private,” she said.


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