Zimbabwe high court overturns newspaper ban

Zimbabwe high court overturns newspaper ban

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe [government website] Monday quashed an order from the state Media Commission denying the independent newspaper Daily News [official website] a license to publish. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku advised the Harare paper, banned since September 2003, to submit a new license application to the Commission. More generally, however, the court refused to overturn contested provisions of Zimbabwe's controversial Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the stifling media law that the Associated Newpapers of Zimbabwe, the Daily News parent company, has been seeking to have loosened ever since the government of President Robert Mugabe began its crackdown on independent media outlets in 2002. South Africa's News 24 has local coverage.