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Amandala Newspaper turns 51 today

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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020. 6:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Amandala Newspaper marks 51 years of service to Belize.

The Amandala is the country’s second oldest politically independent newspaper, founded back in 1969 as the print arm of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) which is now defunct.

With its office located on Partridge Street in Belize City, the Amandala, which means “Power” in the South African Zulu, the paper came out as a means of promoting UBAD’s events and contained articles relevant to its movement, which was the advancement of Black Belizeans. The paper also served as a means of political commentary and criticism for government administrations. In 1970, the Amandala’s Publisher and Editor was taken before the court to be charged with sedition by the People’s United Party. They would later be acquitted of those charges.

By the 1980’s the paper had expanded its range of issues and added various columns, and had become the largest circulated newspaper in the country and remains so to this day. It also established Belize’s first commercial radio station KREM FM, and has kept an online presence since the early 2000’s.

Breaking Belize News Congratulates the Amandala for achieving this milestone.

 

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