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Zimbabwe polls: How I saw it

On July 30, a day to Zimbabwe’s presidential elections, President Robert Mugabe gave a press conference at State House, Harare, in what could have been his last had he lost the election the following day. But rather than present a pensive 89-year-old man, Mugabe instead cracked up the journalists, especially when he responded to a question about how he planned to spend his time if he lost the election.

By Charles Mwanguhya Mpagi, Daily Monitor, Uganda

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Zimbabwe: No reforms for upcoming elections

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says that there have been no reforms to guarantee that upcoming July 31 polls in Zimbabwe will be free and fair. “There are no reforms in the media, and other reforms to ensure free and fair elections have not been achieved,” said Tsvangirai on Sunday as he launched his campaign against President Robert Mugabe.

07 Jul 2013,  AFP/ M&G online

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As Kenya votes, journalists must take precautions


Election-related violence is a worry for journalists in many countries, but perhaps nowhere more so than Kenya, where presidential polls will be held March 4. In the aftermath of the nation’s last presidential elections in 2007, over one thousand people were killed in ethnic and political violence, live news broadcasts were banned, and the press faced a torrent of threats, leading to widespread self-censorship. Already, in recent weeks, some journalists have been harassed and their equipment confiscated, while media houses have been threatened in relation to coverage.

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