20 October 2010
The launch of a new newspaper in South Africa has been postponed after five of its senior editors resigned. The New Age was meant to be launched on 20th October 2010 but the departure of these senior staff has delayed publication.
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Billboards around South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, proclaimed the imminent arrival of a new newspaper, The New Age, promising more positive news, but the eleventh hour resignation of top editors has scuppered Wednesday's launch.
Senior staff issued a statement saying that it would not be proper nor professional to speak out about the reasons for standing down, but it's understood disagreements between management and staff about editorial content may be behind the move.
The newspaper's funders, the Gupta Group, have close links to the ruling party, the ANC, and President Jacob Zuma. The paper's aborted launch comes just a day after hundreds of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against tough new laws being considered in parliament, which would severely restrict journalists' access to information, information which is currently in the public domain.
Karen Allen, BBC News, Johannesburg
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large advertising signs or posters
forthcoming or about to happen
- eleventh hour resignation
quit at the last minute
wrecked or spoiled
- behind the move
responsible for what happened
protest or object
group of elected people who govern a country and make new laws
- in the public domain
available or accessible to the ordinary person