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    MDC T to sue Gov over ‘biased’ State media


    MASVINGO - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC T is in the process of taking Government to court over biased, unfair and inequitable coverage of political parties by the State-owned media.
    The party regards the lawsuit as urgent and will be filed inside 30 days.
    MDC T president Morgan Tsvangirai told a meeting of opinion leaders in Masvingo on Sunday that an even playing field means that all political parties must have equal access and are covered equitably by the State media which includes, Zimpapers, ZBC and new Ziana.
    Tsvangirai was answering a question asked by a woman at the meeting.
    The woman had asked how the MDC T was going to tackle biased reporting in the public media, both electronic and print which she said had a negative impacts on the party and its leadership.
    "As the leadership of the party we are very much seized with the matter and we are taking the regime to court to force it to open the media space to other political players," said Tsvangirai.
    The MDC Thas accused the ruling of party since 1999 of treating the public media as its official mouthpiece while negatively portraying other parties or shunning them all together.
    Chamisa told The Mirror in an interview later that the matter was so urgent that papers must be filed to the courts within 30 days.
    He said that the party was going to use Section 61 of the Zimbabwe Constitution which deals with freedom of expression and freedom of the media.
    Subsection 4 states that "All State owned media of communication must (a) be free to determine independently the editorial content of their broadcasts or other communications; (b) be impartial; (c) afford fair opportunity for the presentation of divergent views and dissenting opinions".
    Tsvangirai is on a nationwide tour where he is meeting structures at district and provincial level as well as traditional leaders whom he accuse of being partisan and instrumental in repressing the rural communities.
    He spent most of his time in the Midlands and Masvingo provinces last week where he went to Mberengwa, Zvishavane and Gutu.
    "Traditional leaders should not be used to repress villagers by Zanu PF, where I have moving around I was telling them the same message," he said.
    He bemoaned the internecine fight in ZPF and said they only helped to rpove that there are many leaders who are selfish.
    Tsvangirai said he was not about to leave the leadership of the party and scoffed at sentiments that he had failed to dislodge Mugabe.
     He said it is the people who should decide on who should lead the party.
     "I am surprised by some people who say Tsvangirai has failed to dislodge Mugabe for a long time and therefore he should step. The truth is we have all failed because we are in this together," he said.
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