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Closed Zimbabwean Newspaper to Launch Internet Version From South Africa - 2003-10-13

A Zimbabwean newspaper closed down by authorities last month is planning to launch an Internet version from neighboring South Africa.

For now, the website of the Harare-based Daily News has only a few undated articles and a forum for readers' comments.

But the BBC quotes the newspaper's director of corporate affairs, Gugulethu Moyo, as saying the paper hopes to start posting fresh news on the website early next week.

The Daily News plans to challenge its closure at a court hearing set for Thursday.

Police closed the newspaper on September 12 after Zimbabwe's Supreme Court said it was operating illegally. The paper had refused to register with a state-run media commission as required by a tough media law introduced last year. The newspaper later applied for a license, only to be rejected.

The Daily News is Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper and has been a harsh critic of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.