New daily paper, Southern Eye, launched
“What we are doing today and what we are celebrating is not just their (AMH) achievements as businesspeople, but an important contribution that they are making to the exercise of our freedom of speech in this country,” Ncube said. “Freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms that any people can have in any given country.
Ncube said the paper would enable the people of the south to tell their stories. The MDC leader said he regretted that the inclusive government, which was about to end, had achieved little in the area of media reform.
“We have had a situation where some private newspapers have been licensed, they have come and gone,” he said. Ncube said Zimbabwe remained the only Sadc country with one State television station and even small countries had done better than this country.
Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said the paper would give a voice to the people of the southern region and empower them to participate actively in national and economic development. Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Callistus Ndlovu said the paper had the potential to create debate in the southern parts of the country and was critical in highlighting burning issues in the area.
“A paper like this is very important because it will help people learn many things they do not know,” he said. The Zanu PF provincial chairman challenged the Southern Eye team to improve the quality of thinking in the region and help people act and judge rationally.
AMH chairman Trevor Ncube said the group was excited that the Bulawayo residents had come in their numbers to the launch of the latest addition to the group. “This is going to be a long journey where we are going to look forward to your support as advertisers and as readers,” he said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Newsday