By Violet Gonda
26 May 2010
The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) held a press conference in Harare on late Wednesday and announced some very good news for Zimbabweans - the licensing of four daily newspapers and one weekly.
The five publications are:
The Daily News owned by Associated Newspaper of Zimbabwe.
The Mail owned by ZANU PF youth organisation, Footlink Ventures.
Newsday owned by Alpha Media, publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent and Standard newspapers.
The Daily Gazette by Modus Media, which runs the Financial Gazette
The Worker will be a weekly publication run by the trade union body the ZCTU.
ZMC chairman Godfrey Majonga said the licences will be issued to all five, within a week.
Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said most journalists at the press conference openly condemned the presence of Tafataona Mahoso, the media ‘hangman’ who ran the previous Media and Information Commission. The journalists said they have little confidence in the ZMC because of the involvement of Mahoso, who is currently the acting CEO of the commission.