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ANZ team in London to explain plight

Staff Writer

THREE staffers from Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), publishers of the banned Daily News and the Daily News on Sunday, are in London to explain their case to the international community.

The three are ANZ chief executive Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Daily News on Sunday editor Bill Saidi, and company legal advisor, Gugulethu Moyo.

Nkomo confirmed yesterday that they were in London. The purpose of the visit is to highlight the plight of the organisation and the situation on the ground in Zimbabwe concerning media freedom.

“We are here at the invitation of one of our directors,” Nkomo said. “A number of interviews have been lined up for us and we will meet various groups,” he said.

Media interviews have been planned with the national press, television and radio.

The highlight of the visit was due to be a meeting chaired yesterday by Kate Hoey, a British MP who visited Zimbabwe in July and has become an advocate for democracy in Zimbabwe.

Representatives of organisations that have been at the forefront of supporting the ANZ will attend the meeting. The orgnisations include the Commonwealth Press Union, the International Bar Association, Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, the Newspaper Society, Amnesty International, Commonwealth Trade Unions, and a number of Zimbabwean exiles.

Meanwhile, police have moved from the Daily News offices in Harare and are now camped at the factory where the printing press is housed.

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