Exiled Zimbabwe paper is back - report

2012-08-03 12:55

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's decade-long exiled newspaper The Zimbabwean has finally been granted an operating licence by the country’s media commission, a report said on Thursday.

According to Zimeye, the newspaper's editor Wilf Mbanga said the development was going to see the paper striving for democratisation of the country.

"We will continue to build on our solid reputation for credibility and commitment to democracy, human rights and freedom of expression."

"Since the launch of our 'new look' at the beginning of the year we have implemented a new emphasis on analysis and interpretation of the news, more human interest stories, news about positive developments and success stories in every sphere. Our focus is to encourage dialogue between all Zimbabweans to foster nation-building, tolerance, diversity and reconciliation," Mbanga said.

Mbanga said national healing, which the country desperately needed, was going to be promoted by his weekly 32-paged publication.

Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) chairperson Godfrey Majonga confirmed the registration of The Zimbabwean.

"We have licenced one newspaper from the many that are currently operating outside the Zimbabwean law," he said.

A unity government formed by President Robert Mugabe and his arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to try to ease a severe economic crisis has been under pressure to implement political and media reforms to win critical foreign assistance.

The government set up a new commission (ZMC) in February 2009 to spearhead the reforms, including easing restrictive registration and accreditation requirements for media.

In the face of a political crisis blamed on his Zanu-PF party, Mugabe adopted tough media laws in 2002 which made it difficult for the local private and foreign media to work in the southern African country.


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