ZMC bemoans high newspaper prices

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Media Commission has complained about the high Prices of newspapers, which it says is defeating freedom of press.

The majority of Zimbabweans can not afford to buy newspapers on a daily basis. If the prices are going to be prohibitive it then defeats the whole purpose of opening up the space in the sector. We urge publishers to review the costs, ZMC Commissioner Chris Mhike told The Zimbabwean in an interview this week.

He said the council had licensed 28 print media houses since January this year, but only three have started publishing. The cheapest daily news paper in the country is $0.50,with weeklies going for a much as $2.The majority of the population are

civil servants who earn less than $200 per month, making newspapers expensive for them.

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