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ZANU PFs factionalism and rethinking The Herald’s political economy

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dc.contributor.author Maodza, Takunda
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-28T14:50:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-28T14:50:19Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11408/2978
dc.description.abstract This study rethinks the legitimacy of the political economy theory in so far as it assumes that media owners unproblematically determine content in newspapers, radio or television stations that they own. The study was stimulated by The Herald’s political news content in the period between 2015 and 2017, which scandalised some senior politicians in the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) Government. This occurred notwithstanding the fact that the ZANU PF Government has over 51% shareholding in the Zimbabwe Newspapers 1980 Private Limited and must according to the political economy theory of the media must have overseen the editorial content at The Herald. The study answers the question- how was it possible for The Herald to publish unfavourably about such Senior ZANU PF Officials, as its national political Commissar and Local Government, National Housing and Urban Development Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister and Politbro Member Jonathan Moyo and the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, who also happens to be President Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, among other party stalwarts. The Herald has always propagated the interest of Zanu PF and its members across the rank and file of the party but this changed since the expulsion of then Vice President Joyce Mujuru and here allies from the ruling party in 2014. The researcher is a news editor at The Herald and brings insider information on how the newspaper generated political stories on ZANU PF functionalism during the period understudy by diagonising the news production process, interviewing political reporters and through use of participant observation. This study adopts a qualitative research paradigm or what Bryman (2001) calls the interpretive approach. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Midlands State University en_US
dc.subject Political economy theory en_US
dc.subject Media en_US
dc.subject Political news en_US
dc.subject Zanu PF en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title ZANU PFs factionalism and rethinking The Herald’s political economy en_US


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