POLICE on Wednesday stormed the offices of a newspaper distribution company in Bulawayo and demanded details of the distribution and the registration of The Zimbabwean, a new newspaper published
in South Africa and the United Kingdom by Zimbabwean journalists in exile.
Two police details from the law and order section visited the offices of New Distribution and demanded to know who was responsible for distributing the new paper.
New Distribution handles subscriptions for the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard and also distributes regional newspapers that include South African papers such as the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian, and The Times and the Independent of Britain.
The police officers further questioned the workers on the registration of the newspaper and the place where it is printed. They said the paper was not registered in Zimbabwe and therefore should not be distributed in the country.
“The police came here and wanted to know who was responsible for distributing The Zimbabwean to vendors. They left after ordering the person in charge of the office to come to Bulawayo central police station for further questioning,” said a worker who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, an official comment could not be obtained from New Distribution since the director of the company, Justin Seed, was said to be away in South Africa on business.
Copies of the first edition of The Zimbabwean appeared on the streets on Monday after the paper was officially launched in the United Kingdom on Friday last week.
The paper is written and edited by Zimbabweans in exile in the UK while some of the correspondents are based inside Zimbabwe.