EXACTLY 25 years ago, on May 10 1996, The Zimbabwe Independent hit the streets. To capture the scenes of jubilation and accomplishment that accompanied the paper’s launch, this is what some members of the newspaper’s founding team had to say: “The excitement mounted as the deadline neared. Every advert that came in, particularly the full-page ones, drew high fives all round. We were a close-knit family back then and the atmosphere became increasingly jubilant. The 10th of May 1996 finally dawned,” said Sarah Thompson writing in 2016.
Another founder, Clive Murphy had this to say in 2016: “What fun we had. Within a year we were the most read and respected newspaper of record in Zimbabwe. Ad revenues were at record levels and we were printing a 100-page paper each week.”