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South Africa's New Age launches today

South Africa's New Age launches today

After being postponed in September and October, The New Age finally hit the streets of South Africa today.

The national newspaper, owned by the Gupta Group, announced on its front page that coverage will be independent, Agence France-Presse reported. The owner is run by wealthy Indian immigrants who align themselves with the country's ruling party, the African National Congress, and President Jacob Zuma.

Image: Times Live However, the Financial Times has called the newspaper "pro-government," and its launch comes as the protection of information bill is being discussed in parliament. Opponents say the bill, if signed into law, could prevent the media and even politicians from holding the government accountable.

The New Age is the fourth daily to try and break into the country's daily market in the past few years. Media 24's Nova, Nigerian venture This Day and Avusa's weekend paper The Weekender have all gone under.


Leah McBride Mensching


2010-12-06 23:13

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