BBC quotes apparent parody Twitter account in Zimbabwe coverage

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The account @zanu_pf was cited by Today programme and referred to as official by BBC World, for which it apologised

The BBC and other news organisations have quoted an apparent parody Twitter account in their reporting of the military takeover in Zimbabwe.

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme referred to the @zanu_ pf account, which claimed to represent Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, and it was quoted as a source in BBC breaking news alerts and on the broadcaster’s website.

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