Archive | December, 2012

Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

December 1998-December 2012: 14 years after Burkina Faso investigative journalist Norbert Zongo was mysteriously killed – for doing his job – the international media fraternity still wonders why the sword of media impunity continues to hang on newsrooms. Ouagadougou-based Zongo was a journalist and editor of the weekly newspaper The Independent. In 1998 he was […]

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Mali’s military intervention could create 700 000 refugees

Mali’s military intervention could create 700 000 refugees

 Over 700 000 people could be displaced if military intervention goes ahead next year in northern Mali, the UN humanitarian news service IRIN reports, citing preliminary estimates by humanitarian agencies. IRIN said this will include some 300 000 IDPs (internally displaced people) and 407 000 refugees. Over 240 000 people have been displaced by insecurity […]

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DR Congo: 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict, 240 000 students miss weeks of class

DR Congo: 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict, 240 000 students miss weeks of class

Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been dealt another huge blow. Recent clashes in the North Kivu province has more than doubled the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to over 600, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reports, painting a bleak picture of the state of education […]

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Nigeria: Journalists, wives detained, another flees, CPJ says

Nigeria: Journalists, wives detained, another flees, CPJ says

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges Nigerian authorities to immediately release two journalists who have been detained since Monday, and allow a third journalist who has fled and was hiding to return to his home and work freely. Reporter Aliyu Saleh and editor Musa Muhammad Awwal, both from Al-Mizun, a weekly Hausa-language newspaper, were […]

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Jessica Mbangeni’s full HD career

Jessica Mbangeni’s full HD career

South African-born Jessica Mbangeni’s career is on a full high definition mode, buoyed by the past three years’ positive developments, which include a flurry of contracts to showcase her talent overseas and the opening of a fashion design business. “I continue to listen to my inner voice, and I’m still in touch with myself despite […]

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Romeo Mputu: rising DRC star in South African galaxy

Romeo Mputu: rising DRC star in South African galaxy

There are many stars in the South African musical galaxy: talented but ignored, upcoming, rising but unsung, and the well-established. Congo Kinshasa-born Romeo Mputu belongs to the third category, where for some reason an abundance of talent has not been formally recognised or effectively polished. Nevertheless, the Johannesburg-based musician has been sailing smoothly, and rising […]

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