Many thanks to our loyal readers

HARARE - It is almost unbelievable to think that it is now five years since the Daily News was relaunched, after the government of President Robert Mugabe unjustly and violently shut down the country’s leading newspaper in September 2003, for the crime of telling the Zimbabwean story like it is, without fear or favour.

As the Group Editor of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), Stanley Gama, noted yesterday in his message in a supplement commemorating this momentous achievement, the Daily News’ stunning comeback has got to be Zimbabwe’s greatest media story of all time.

Indeed, when the daily came back against all odds, many people — both friends and foes — believed that it had no chance of surviving, let alone thrive as it is doing five years down the road.

Today, the Daily News leads where others follow — be it with regards to its inimitable editorial offering or commercial success that has seen ANZ become probably the only major media house in the country that proudly makes it solely on its own merits: with neither the support of the government nor donors.

While there are many good things that ANZ has done to achieve the relative success that it has scored over the past five years, ultimately it is you our valued readers and advertisers who make us great.

And for that we say thank you to you all from the bottom of our hearts. May our partnership grow and multiply well into the next century.

We promise you that we will continue to not just play our watchdog role vigilantly, but also speak truth to power all the time.

After all, the Daily News is much more than a newspaper or channel of communication, with many Zimbabweans rightly feeling that they own it and that it will always fight on the side of the people, not those of narrow political and commercial interests.

This is why even when we were shut down by the government, the paper continued to exist in the minds of the people, and when we came back to the market five years ago it was as if we were never away.

Our winning strategy is also premised on our unique, content that we offer — which is what differentiates us from others. In that light, we write all our stories with passion and for our readers, endeavouring always to mirror what is happening in our society, and not to please critics, business elites and grubby politicians.

While a few deluded people have tried to discredit us, and sometimes even going to the extent of trying to frustrate our business processes again, this has failed dismally because our defenders — millions of men and women from all walks of life — will not allow any hyenas anymore to harm in any way the people’s paper!

So, as we celebrate our five years back, we are cognisant of the fact that this most noteworthy birthday is as much about us at ANZ as it is about you our loyal readers and advertisers — whose unflinching support and encouragement has seen us go from strength to strength.

Here is to the next 100 years of the Daily News!

Comments (1)

Daily news ndizvo ndosaka ma party members e Zanu pf achikuudzai maplans edu nekutukana using the paper as their media means. still ndichatuma military intelligence izokubhombai futi like in 2003 , this tym ma editors anotorwa the DZAMARA STYLE HOKOYOOO. SANDO DZENYU CONTINUE TELLING IT LIKE IT IS.

mugabe r g - 7 July 2016

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