Zimbabweans Support Free Media as Watchdog, Question Media's Effectiveness and Integrity

"Advocates of media freedom find strong support among Zimbabwean citizens. According to the latest Afrobarometer survey in the country, a majority of citizens say the media should have the right to publish any views and ideas without government control. There is also widespread agreement that the news media should constantly investigate and report on government mistakes and corruption. However, Zimbabweans are divided in their assessments of how effective the news media is in revealing government mistakes and corruption. Further, many Zimbabweans believe that the country’s media often abuses its freedom by publishing lies and does not provide fair coverage to all candidates during election campaigns."