Daily News Zim's most credible newspaper: MMPZ

HARARE - The Daily News is Zimbabwe’s most credible newspaper, according to a survey by the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ).

Zimbabwe’s leading daily got a 99 percent credibility score in the ‘Media Credibility Index Zimbabwe’ survey conducted by MMPZ betweenbn April and June this year.

The independent daily, published by the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ),  only returned to the news stalls in March 2011 after eight years of unjust closure by government.

“The Daily News, with a credibility score of 99 percent, proved a credible source of information among this group (dailies), showing that they were capable of presenting national issues in a professional manner,” reads the report.

Out of 81 Daily News stories rated during the survey, only one failed the credibility test.

Second-placed NewsDay had 98 percent credibility, with two stories which were considered not credible out
of 96 stories.

The Herald, Zimbabwe’s oldest daily newspaper, had 86 percent credibility and was censured for carrying stories that fell short of professional journalistic standards.

“Only The Herald regularly displayed gross professional incompetence in its coverage of top events,” said Media Credibility Index Zimbabwe.

“It ran 19 untrustworthy front-page stories in the three-month period, which translates to 86 percent of the 22 leading stories that fell short of professional journalistic standards.”

Daily newspapers had an aggregate credibility standing of 94 percent.

State-run Sunday Mail fared worse than all the surveyed media.

“Four (80 percent) of the five unreliable top news reports recorded in this media category (weeklies) appeared in the Sunday Mail,” the survey said.

“The Sunday Mail had the lowest credibility rating (83 percent) among all the surveyed media followed by The Herald (90 percent) and ZTV (92 percent).”

The private media was rated more favourably than their public counterparts.

“Combined, the public media had an overall credibility rating of 88 per cent, 11 percent lower the aggregate 99 percent achieved by the private media,” the findings say.

“The common weaknesses in the monitored stories mostly arose from bias stemming from misrepresentations, distortions, inaccuracies, lack of balance and fairness; and downright manipulation of facts to further
particular interests.

The public media were the most frequent offenders,” observed the Media Credibility Index survey.

Comments (10)

That's impressive. Lets hope there will be no interference with your interesting and much valued reportage. Maintain the standard, raise the bar.

Anny mugudu - 4 September 2013

The Daily News should not flatter itself with the so called survey by the Media Monitoring Project (MMPZ) because every mature reader knows that the Daily News is unreliable as it the MDC-T propaganda vehicle. To be fair to the Daily News and all Zimbabwean newspapers, they are substandard compared to newspapers in African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The Zimbabwean papers on the international score board they garner less than 20%. As for Zimbabwe journalists and editors they are generally pathetic take the cases of GIFT PHIRI, the MDC-T cheer leader and that of Caesar Zvayi, the ZANU(PF) praise singer who are unbalanced in their stories. As for he MMPZ itself it is not worth commenting on.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 4 September 2013

The Daily News should not flatter itself with the so called survey by the Media Monitoring Project (MMPZ) because every mature reader knows that the Daily News is unreliable as it the MDC-T propaganda vehicle. To be fair to the Daily News and all Zimbabwean newspapers, they are substandard compared to newspapers in African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The Zimbabwean papers on the international score board they garner less than 20%. As for Zimbabwe journalists and editors they are generally pathetic take the cases of GIFT PHIRI, the MDC-T cheer leader and that of Caesar Zvayi, the ZANU(PF) praise singer who are unbalanced in their stories. As for he MMPZ itself it is not worth commenting on.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 4 September 2013

I'm glad to see that your tenacity, perseverance and good work is finally being rewarded. More power, insight and success to your pens as you continue to "tell it like it is!"

Mercy - 4 September 2013

Joke of the year. We are not fools!

edizah - 4 September 2013

Zvarwadzaka? Go Daily News go! Let your haters and detractors eat humble pie. Asijiki!!!

Baby Jukwa - 4 September 2013

kikikiki, its not worthy commenting. Too many surveys from brainless organisations.

reason - 5 September 2013

I'm beginning to see why abelungu say "Revenge is a dish best served cold". I can see that you guys at the Daily News are very slowly, deliberately and clinically beginning to squeeze the life out of your competition and the likes of the Nutty Professor who shut you down 10 years ago!

Magagula - 5 September 2013

Interesting. Who determines a "credible" story. MMPZ thinks like the Daily news so watever rubbish is written there is "credible". Give us a break. We are not idiots!

Boss - 5 September 2013

hello

jackie potts - 8 September 2013

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