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Zimbabwe licenses new daily papers

Zimbabwe licenses new daily papers

Zimbabwe is celebrating a victory for press freedom, as the government decides to issue licenses to four new dailies, CNN reported. Those titles include the "Daily News," which was previously banned in 2002. These papers will be the first privately owned in the market in six years.

"This is very exciting and it's a huge time for Zimbabweans and it's an opportunity for change," Trevor Ncube, one of the most powerful publishers in southern Africa, talked about the approval of the newspaper license to CNN.

Photo: The Daily Maverick

"We're clearly in a period of transition and this newspaper will play a role to empower Zimbabweans," he added.

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) was formed in December 2009, in order to spearhead media reforms, such as licensing new press, radio and TV outlets, BBC News reported.

Currently, the market is dominated by state-run media, while the independent press faces severe restrictions.

"We are here to allow Zimbabweans access to media," according to Reuters news agency quoting ZMC's chairman Godfrey Majonga.


Erina Lin


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