Media, elections and good governance

MISA Zimbabwe subscribes to the notion that ‘elections define democracy while the media enlightens and sustains it.

The media’s traditional role is to inform the public on issues of the day accurately and fairly and need to do so while respecting a professional code of ethics.

This obligation is more critical during elections where citizens vote in leaders for central or local government authorities. Voters look up to the media to inform them factually and fairly on the various parties, policies, personalities and programmes at play.

This places a big responsibility on the media and on the journalists, underlying the fact that the election story “begins yesterday and not today” – It begins months before polling and can continue way after the votes have been tallied.

Although the election story could be regarded as a “set piece” easier to report, in practice covering elections requires more professional skills than the usual run-of-the- mill story.

Through its  Media Support and Media Defence Fund,  MISA-Zimbabwe conducts election reporting and journalism safety and security  workshops as part of efforts to capacitate the media to fulfil its role of reporting accurately, truthfully and fairly in the pre-election and post-election periods.

This also involves the production and updating of its election reporting and journalism safety and security handbooks.

Through its Media Freedom Monitoring, MISA Zimbabwe strives to ensure the emergency of a conducive environment that ensures the safety and security of journalists which is of critical importance during elections.

Another major primary concern during elections is that journalists covering elections must be able to work as safely as is possible if they are to get their stories out.  This is done through the issuance of alerts on cases involving media freedom violations.

Media, elections and governance news from our chapters

Thinking Beyond: December 2018 Edition now available

Thinking Beyond: December 2018 Edition now available

We are pleased to announce that the Thinking Beyond December 2018 edition is now out under the theme: Leadership: Key to unlocking Zimbabwe's potential beyond 2018 elections Thinking Beyond: December 2018 edition is available for download in the MISA Zimbabwe Resource...

Media barred from Commission’s hearings on post-election violence

Media barred from Commission’s hearings on post-election violence

Mrs Virginia Mabiza Secretary of the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence Harare 17 October 2018 Dear Madam, Media participation in the Commission of Inquiry’s public hearings MISA Zimbabwe writes to express concern over the temporary barring of the private...

2018 Post-Elections Brief now available for download!

2018 Post-Elections Brief now available for download!

On the 7th of September 2018 in Harare, MISA Zimbabwe in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organised a Post-2018 Elections Media Conference, which was meant to, among other issues, review the media’s professional conduct, state of media freedom and freedom...

Post-2018 Elections Media Conference Resolutions

Post-2018 Elections Media Conference Resolutions

We, Zimbabwean journalists, editors and media practitioners, having gathered at a post-2018 elections review conference organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Zimbabwe) with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS); Reaffirming that...