In the midst of massive repression of media in Zimbabwe, veteran Wilf Mbanga has built up The Zimbabwean into a real force that even cabinet ministers read. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In an interview with IPS, Mbanga reflected on producing a newspaper from exile.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In the interview timed to appear ahead of World Press Freedom Day this week, Mbanga describes the conditions under which the paper has to be published.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It is produced in London and Johannesburg, and continues to be distributed in Zimbabwe despite harassment, and forms one of the only independent sources of news available.
Asked about the paper's prospects, he said "You can't kill journalism!"Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
And no, despite claims by government officials, he said he's not financed by the British government in order to undermine the government of President Robert Mugabe.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Click here to read the interview.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â