Zimbabwes Biggest Daily Online Newspaper – Mahoso Threatens Financial Gazette Zimbabwe Daily News

January 29, 2006 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Media and Information Commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso has threatened the Financial Gazette after the paper refused to retract a story alleging the involvement of the notorious CIO in the operations of the regulatory body.

Zimdaily heard that Mahoso summoned FinGaz editor-in-chief Sunsleey Chamunorwa and his deputy Hama Saburi to express reservations with the paper’s reportage and its refusal to retract a story stating that the CIO overturned a decision by the state-controlled media commission to allow The Daily News to publish again.

The paper quoted an affidavit by Jonathan Maphenduka, a former member of the Media and Information Commission (MIC), where he stated that the members agreed June 16 there was no legal reason to deny a licence to Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of the banned Daily News, which was the country’s top-selling daily. Maphenduka said Mahoso stalled over publicising the decision and it was later reversed. The Financial Gazette, quoting impeccable sources, said the ban was maintained at the instigation of the CIO (which has since taken control of the previously independent Daily Mirror).

The FinGaz further stated that if these claims were established as fact, it will also establish beyond reasonable doubt that the MIC and its chairman are mere biased appendages of government under state security control whose purpose is to gag the independent media, and particularly The Daily News. Mahoso is said to have taken great exception to the FinGaz’s report which stated that the MIC and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act that created it are clearly the instruments of a police state, put in place to silence all democratic expression.

It was not possible to obtain comment from Chamunorwa and Saburi but sources at the paper said the two were taking the threat seriously. Mahoso is also said to have expressed reservations with the paper’s stance of investigating the graft deeply entrenched in Solomon Mujuru’s companies. Mahoso was also said to have accused the paper of being sympathetic to Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwes Biggest Daily Online Newspaper – Mahoso Threatens Financial Gazette Zimbabwe Daily News
Mahoso Threatens Financial Gazette

Entry filed under: Present, Zimbabwe Politics.

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