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HARARE - A Zimbabwean court has turned down a request to allow two sister newspapers shut down by the government four years ago to resume publishing, media reports said yesterday.
High court judge Anne-Mary Gowora this week dismissed an application by Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) for its newspapers to be deemed registered, saying the court had no authority to do so.
"The court in such a situation cannot be in as good a position as the authority and make a decision," Gowora said.
"The applicant has not made a case for the court to assume the discretion to deem the ANZ is duly registered."
ANZ is the publisher of The Daily News, a popular anti-government newspaper, and The Daily News on Sunday.
The newspapers were shut down in 2003 for breaching the country's tough media laws by operating without obtaining a licence from a state-appointed commission.
The Media and Information Commission (MIC) has twice refused to grant ANZ a licence despite a supreme court ruling in 2005 that threw out the ban.
Gowora questioned a government delay in appointing an impartial body to deal with ANZ's application after the supreme court declared the MIC biased.
"It is obvious in this case that further delay in dealing with the registration of the applicant will cause prejudice to the applicant," Gowora said.
She added that, in an abstract sense, the "readership" could also be prejudiced.
"The applicant made its application in 2003 and, four years on, it has not been registered."
The Daily News had a circulation of 150000 and offered an alternative voice to the state media.
The Zimbabwean government passed the tough Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act in 2002.
The law has been used to bar foreign correspondents from Zimbabwe, detain and compel journalists to be accredited to work in the country. - Sapa-AFP