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Spiralling Costs Cripple Zimbabwe Print Media Industry

  • Chris Gande

The Zimbabwe Mail on Wednesday printed its last copy amid reports that another weekly, the Southern Eye, will close shop at the end of the month due to biting costs.

The Zimbabwe Mail on Wednesday printed its last copy amid reports that another weekly, the Southern Eye, will close shop at the end of the month due to biting costs.

Media workers are bemoaning the closure of newspapers and the scaling down of operations by some as operating costs continue to escalate.

The Zimbabwe Mail, an independent daily newspaper, on Wednesday printed its last copy amid reports that another weekly, the Southern Eye will close shop at the end of the month due to biting costs.

Some workers at the state-run Zimbabwe Newspapers Group stable have already been asked to go on early retirement to save operating costs.

Constantine Chimakure, the editor of the Zimbabwe Mail, a newspaper run by a consortium of business people led by Transport Minister Obert Mpofu confirmed that the paper has been shut down.

Editor-in-chief of the Southern Eye, Vincent Kahiya refused to talk about the paper’s shut down.

Media analyst, Zenzele Ndebele, who is also a journalism lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, said it is sad that the number of journalism graduates is growing while media organisations are shutting down.

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