In Summary

  • Reporters are not allowed to let others dictate or influence their coverage of stories.
  • The late Cuban leader was right to use the plural word "elections" because he was referring to more than one voting event.

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In covering political campaigns, the editorial policy says, the role of NMG is to stimulate thought, explaining and informing in order to help voters make intelligent decisions on the basis of knowledge, and signal to the political leaders that the public is vigilant and will not be swayed by untruths and spin.

COVERAGE OF STORIES

NMG reporters are required to strictly adhere to accuracy and fairness.

They are also barred from political activism.

They are required to maintain a fair focus on all political parties and candidates. 

They are not allowed to let others dictate or influence their coverage of stories.

They are supposed to provide the facts as they are and not as they or some other people would wish us to see them.

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On August 8 we will hold an election, not elections.

Criticising Americans who wanted elections held in Cuba, Fidel Castro said during May Day celebrations in Havana in 1961: “Those gentlemen spoke of elections.

"What elections did they want? The ones of the corrupt politicians who bought votes?

"Those elections in which a poor person had to turn over his ballot in return for work? Those fake elections that were just a means for the exploiting class to stay in power?”

ELECTION
The late Cuban leader was right to use the plural word "elections" because he was referring to more than one voting event.

He went on to say: "A revolution expressing the will of the people is an election every day, not every four years; it is a constant meeting with the people, like this meeting.

"The old politicians could never have gathered as many votes as there are people here tonight to support the revolution."

He was right to use the singular word “election” here because he was thinking of a single one.

Philip Wangalwa, a former Nation deputy editor, was also right when he asked me to preach to Nation sub-editors to stop adding an “s” to “general election” we are going to hold on August 8 because it is only one voting event.

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