World Press Freedom Day on May 3 is commemorated annually to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Industrial investment in Africa by BRICS nations has been mired in scandal at times but on the whole appears to be welcomed. Farai Maguwu takes a closer look at the real impact of BRICS investments in Zimbabwe, and questions what is required for Zimbabwe’s long term benefit.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, which killed nearly one-in-seven people in the small African nation. Today, there is continuing debate about the role of the news media in the calamity – from the role local broadcasters and newspapers played in fuelling ethnic hatred, to concerns that the shallowness of international coverage in the early days contributed to the lethargic international response.
I am reading this and I can’t believe it. So I read it again: “When people, including some politicians, say that there is a dictatorial regime in Angola, this is not true”, says Paulo de Carvalho, professor of the Faculty of Social Science of the Agostinho Neto University, in Luanda.
THE HAGUE : The International Criminal Court said it had opened an initial probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic, where another lynching Friday underscored spiralling sectarian violence.
February 09, 2014 – AFP
If you are reading this on a mobile phone, lap top or tablet, chances are that some of its parts came from journalist Eric Mwamba’s home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Lyndal Rowlands, Right Now (Australia) January 31, 2014
When a Chinese businessman first approached Malagasy farmer Jean Manantsoa, 47, in April last year with an offer to lease his family rice fields, Manantsoa had no idea of the untapped pockets of potential natural wealth beneath.
By Nadia Raonimanalina and Will Fitzgibbon, The Africa Report, 08 January 2014
Boko Haram has proved resilient despite government’s crackdown on the deadly islamist group in the northern parts of Nigeria. But as that country’s government seeks to deal with the terrorism quagmire posed by the group, with their source of funding and logistics support coming under scrutiny, Boko Haram’s demands point to a long battle ahead.
By Theophilus Abbah, 27 Sep 2013, The Africa Report
As gunshots rang out in the background, then-Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed called his man in the United States. It was 2011, and fighting around Mohamed’s fortified location in Mogadishu was commonplace.
30 Jul 2013, by Aaron Kessler and Wanjohi Kabukuru, exclusive to 100 Reporters (Also published in the Huffington Post)
Call for story proposals: Our fifth and final Transnational Investigation (TI) under the SIDA funded grant programme in 2013 will focus on “Women and Violence in Africa”, open to both male and female journalists. [Deadline: 25 July 2013]
In the morning of July 1, this year, when five million residents of Dar es Salaam woke up to a life-time shock and couldn’t believe their eyes weren’t cheating. Some thought they had been caught by the wrong hop.
Richard Mgamba, Guardian on Sunday (Tanzania) 7 July 2013
The Obama administration turned to its top officials to tout democracy and political transparency for Egypt, a message that took on a hollow tone as the Egyptian military installed a new leader for the country and began rounding up its ousted president and his supporters.
2013-07-05, News 24 and agencies
President Barack Obama has promised Africa “a new model of partnership” which moves beyond the provision of aid and is focused on increased trade and investment, including a multi-billion dollar investment to double electricity generation across sub-Saharan Africa.
1 July 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, AllAfrica.Com
Cross Border Information’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and future prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets.
Analysis by Magnus Taylor, 1 July 2013, African Arguments
Call for story proposals: FAIR has created a partnership with the US based Oakland Institute (OI) to investigate specific cases of land grabbing in Africa. [Deadline: July 15 2013] OI has pioneered investigative research in this field that has changed policy, broken corrupt deals, etc. See more at www.oaklandinstitute.org