Govt intensifies blitz against foreign media

Gift Phiri

GOVERNMENT has intensified its crackdown on foreign newspapers circulating in the country. This follows speculation in the state media about the role of South African newspapers that are distribut

ed in Zimbabwe.


Police this week visited Sovereign Publishers, who print the Zimbabwe Independent and Standard, making enquiries about the distribution of the Mail & Guardian (M&G) which is printed in South Africa.


Officers from the Commercial Intelligence Unit quizzed Publications Distribution’s managing director William Nyamangara about the circulation of the M&G in the country.


Publications Distribution are the distributors of the M&G in Zimbabwe.

“They came here and asked me who the owner of the M&G was,” said Nyamangara. “They also wanted to find out how it was coming into the country.”


The crackdown on foreign media follows a report in the state-controlled Sunday Mail alleging that the M&G was harbouring plans to publish clandestinely in the country. The paper, quoting unnamed sources, said there were secret plans to publish and distribute the M&G in Zimbabwe without registration from the Media and Information Commission.


M&G publisher Trevor Ncube a fortnight ago dismissed the report saying there were no plans now or in the future for the M&G to be published in Zimbabwe.