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Zimbabwe Media Commission Licenses New Daily, Bloomberg Agency Office

Zimbabwe Media Commission Chairman Godfrey Majonga in a meeting with editors complained that three newly licensed publications – The Daily News, The Daily Gazette and The Daily Mail – have not yet launched

The Zimbabwe Media Commission has issued a fifth license for an independent daily newspaper called the National Day, also granting the Bloomberg international news organization permission to open an office in Harare.

The latest daily newspaper license was sought by the family of business man Roger Boka, who hoped to launch such a newspaper before his death in 1999.

Media Commission Chairman Godfrey Majonga, meeting this week with editors, complained that three publications previously granted licenses to publish daily – the Daily News, the Daily Gazette and the Daily Mail – have not yet launched print operations.

Only Newsday has hit the streets with editions for Harare and Bulawyo.

Majonga told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira such delay by those granted licenses is a cause for concern.

Daily News editor John Gambanga said media chiefs were happy to meet the commission this week for the first time since its recomposition last year.

Gambanga said his newspaper - suppressed by the now-defunct Media and Information Commission - will be on the streets by the end of next month, citing some "challenges" in launching the newspaper's print edition though it is now published on the Web.