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Zimbabwe Media Commission Seen Issuing First Newspaper Licenses Next Week


The panel came under fire this week for engaging former Media and Information Commission Chairman Tafataona Mahoso as its chief executive officer along with the staff of his now-defunct commission

The recently constituted Zimbabwe Media Commission will hold its first "strategic" meeting next week following which it is expected to step up reform of the sector by issuing licenses for newspapers to launch or resume publication.

Media sources said that although there are some differences among commission members on various issues, it is almost certain licenses will be given out next week following the commission’s call for applications from interested parties.

The panel came under fire this week for engaging former Media and Information Commission Chairman Tafataona Mahoso as its chief executive officer along with the staff of his now-defunct commission.

But Media Commission Member Matthew Takaona, a former president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that journalists should give the commission time to put reforms in place.

Deputy Chairman Njabulo Ncube of the Media Institute of Southern Africa told reporter Brenda Moyo that while many journalists were baffled by Mahoso's return, the commission appears to be moving in the right direction.

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