|Geoffrey Nyarota - founder and former editor-in-chief of the The Daily News|
EXILED Zimbabwean journalists and researchers published a one-off issue of the banned and closed newspaper, The Daily News dedicated to covering the current state of Zimbabwe's media on Press Freedom Day.
The paper aptly named The Daily News in Exile is a six-page report of violence, repression, and struggle in the troubled country.
Focussing mainly on the Zanu PF government's clamp down on freedom of expression, Geoffrey Nyarota (founder and former editor-in-chief of the The Daily News and now editor of the online paper - thezimbabwetimes.com) writes about "his experience as a Zimbabwean newsman and his fears for the colleagues he was forced to leave behind."
Other contributors to the special edition are Sandra Nyaira (former political correspondent with The Daily News), Nyasha Nyakunu, (Research and Information Officer for the Media Institute of Southern Africa) and Simeon Mawanza, researcher on Zimbabwe with Amnesty International.
The edition tells the story of The Daily News, from its founding in 1999 up to the time it stopped publishing on February 6 2004.
When it eventually closed in 2004, it had risen to become the nation's leading independent news source, despite the bombing of its printing press, the arrest of its staff, the occupation of its offices by police, and constant harassment by state monitors.
The Daily News in Exilecarries the slogan "Telling It Like It Is For World Press Freedom Day" (May 3). It carries detailed reports, statistics, editorials, cartoons, and photographs that recount recent and historical press freedom violations in Zimbabwe.
The paper was published by the Amnesty International Irish Section, and is written by Geoffrey Nyarota (the founder and former editor-in-chief of The Daily News), Sandra Nyaira (a correpondent for The Daily News), and researchers Nyasha Nyakunu and Simeon Mawanza.
Please click here to read The Daily News In Exile in PDF format
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