Zimbabwe Shutdown dominates media in a week of eclectic news

2016-07-17 22:39

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Johannesburg – The Zimbabwe Shutdown dominated South Africa news media this week, media monitoring company ROi Africa said on Sunday.

ROi Africa monitors media across global and local print publications, radio, television, online and social media.

The data set consists of, 206 million social networks (Global), 89 000 online newspapers (Global), thousands of printed publications in South African and the rest of Africa, and 76 radio and TV stations in South Africa. 

Over a seven-day period, it found that the Zimbabwe shutdown dominated with 19.35% of news coverage.

Other big stories included the SABC and Hlaudi Motsoeneng with 18.04% of news coverage, followed by the local elections with 13.63%. 

President Jacob Zuma and the ANC received 11.16% coverage while EFF leader Julius Malema and the EFF received 7.33% coverage.

On social media, Zimbabwe, SABC and Motsoeneng account for almost 50% of the charts. Zimbabwe took up 24.55% of the social media conversation, with SABC and Motsoeneng following closely with 22.9%. 

Motsoeneng has been widely criticised for his decision to not air footage of the destruction of property during protests. 

Motsoeneng said on Monday that the SABC would challenge Icasa's ruling that the broadcaster had to reverse its policy.

Despite leaving the news charts, social media was still paying a great deal of attention to Oscar Pistorius with 13.63% of coverage.


The ANC, 9.11%, and EFF, 9%, were neck and neck in electioneering social media with the DA with 3.1%, coming in at a third of their opposition efforts.

Meanwhile international news continued to be dominated by the Nice attack in France with 37.75% of coverage.

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot dead by police after he rammed a truck through a crowd celebrating France's Bastille Day in the resort city of Nice, leaving 84 dead and about 300 injured.

French police on Sunday arrested a man and a woman with ties to the attack, which the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group claimed to be responsible for.

Five other people are already in custody, including the estranged wife of Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian with no apparent links to extremism and who is said to have been radicalised very quickly.

Other big entries included the Brexit with 9.26% coverage and Pokemon Go with 8.47%. 

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