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Southern African Media Group Sees Progress in Zimbabwe - But More Needed

The Media Institute of Southern Africa said Friday that it is encouraged by word that a government panel has granted a publishing application to the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe – former publisher of the Daily News, shut down by the state in 2003.

MISA also commended the government for readmitting the British Broadcasting Corporation and Cable News Network to cover the news with correspondents in Zimbabwe.

But MISA said Harare still needs to repeal laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Broadcasting Services Act which it says chill press freedom.

MISA Chairman Loughty Dube told reporter Nntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that more needs to be done to restore press freedom in Zimbabwe.

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