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Zimbabwe court overturns newspaper ban

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court has set aside a decision by country's media commission not to license the Daily News newspaper. The newspaper was ordered to stop publishing in 2003 for criticizing the government. In March 2005, the country's supreme court overturned the original ban [JURIST report], but the media commission twice denied their application for a license.

Rights groups continue their complaints over the government's strict control of the media [HRW press release]. Six trustees of a privately-owned radio station are set to appear in court Friday on charges of broadcasting without a license and an independent journalist was arrested last month for practicing journalists without accreditation. Human Rights Watch has said that the "Zimbabwe government is using criminal charges to muzzle independent reporting and criticism." AFP has more; NewZimbabwe.com has local coverage.

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