The Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says the media has allowed political parties to set the agenda for coverage of the election campaign and neglected issues affecting ordinary citizens.
In an interim report on the media's handling of the elections, the watchdog says 52 percent of all stories 7 May 2014 polls concern ‘party campaigning’ and ‘party politics’.
The organisation explains that a break-down of election coverage show that corruption was the third-ranking topic, followed by election logistics. These stories however mostly focused on the Nkandla controversy and the legal woes of the Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, Pansy Tlakula.
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