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Zimbabwe's <i>Daily News</i> Back on the Streets - 2004-01-22

Zimbabwe's embattled independent Daily News was back on the streets of Harare Thursday, after four months of legal battles seeking permission to publish.

The Daily News, Zimbabwe's sole independent daily, once again appeared on the streets of Harare. The truncated, eight-page issue was sold out in minutes.

The government shut down the newspaper last September on the grounds that it did not have a license to publish, as required under the controversial media law. When the paper applied for a license, the government-appointed Media and Information Commission refused one.

The Daily News took the Commission to court and, after surmounting a series of legal hurdles stacked against it by police and the government, won a decision to resume publishing.

The newspaper's latest legal victory was a decision Wednesday by the High Court ordering police to leave The Daily News premises and allow it to publish.

The Daily News , Zimbabwe's largest-circulation paper before it was shut down, had regularly published articles critical of President Robert Mugabe's government.