According to the MISA African Media Barometer 2012, printing costs are very high and newsprint is expensive. Supplies have to be imported from China, Russia and South Africa and are heavily taxed. As a consequence, papers are forced to save on newsprint by reducing the size of the paper and the print run. There is the additional problem of transporting the newsprint to Zimbabwe, as there is often major traffic congestion at border posts.
In addition, state-run companies do not advertise in private papers, and state-run media outlets do not accept advertising from companies allegedly aligned with the opposition.
Source: Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) – African Media Barometer – Zimbabwe