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Tortured, Kidnapped Journalist Remanded in Custody

Freelance photojournalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere, who is being charged with banditry, was, on 9 January 2009, remanded in custody to 23 January after Harare magistrate Olivia Mariga threw out defence applications for a refusal of remand. His lawyer, Aleck Muchadehama, had argued that Manyere and his co-accused were victims of the crimes of...

Journalist In Cameroon Sentenced to Three Years Imprisonment for 'Spreading False News'

Reporters Without Borders condemned a three-year prison sentence handed down to Lewis Medjo, managing editor of the weekly "La Détente libre", and urged the authorities to allow him bail. He has been in Douala central prison in the west of the country since 22 September 2008. Medjo was found guilty on 7 January of "spreading...

Ministers Blame Govt Hardliners for Media Law In Kenya

The ODM believes the contentious Kenya Communications Act is part of a hidden agenda by some PNU hardliners to retain power in 2012. Three senior ODM Ministers told the Nairobi Star yesterday that the Act, which has shaken the stability of the Coalition government, was intended to put pressure on the media. FM and TV stations will have to be...

Concerns Grows After More Abductions of reporter of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)

Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the abduction of freelance photojournalist Shadreck Manyere and attempted abduction of Obrian Rwafa, a reporter with the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), in separate incidents on 13 December, just 10 days after the kidnapping of journalist and human rights activist Jestina Mukoko,...

Miriam Makeba's Mortal Remains Arrive Home

Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordaan joined the Makeba family at OR Tambo International Airport to receive the mortal remains of the late singing legend Miriam Makeba on Wednesday morning.Mr Jordaan joined the Makeba family on behalf of the South African government and he was accompanied by acting Director General in the Department of Foreign...

Miriam Makeba of SA Sings to the Last

Miriam Makeba, the South African singing star whose career took off in the 1950s and who famously appeared at the United Nations to condemn apartheid, has died suddenly after a concert in Italy. She was 76. Makeba, widely known as Mama Afrika, collapsed on Sunday as she was leaving the stage in the town of Castel Volturno, near Naples, according...

African media leaders in Dakar Call For New Blueprints

Pioneering African media leaders who are meeting in Dakar have called for closer co-operation among publishers and broadcasters across the continent to promote development. Participants in the inaugural meeting of the African Media Leaders’ Forum – co-sponsored by The World Bank and allAfrica.com – were discussing challenges...

Somali top police officer wishes to join militants

Somalia: A high ranking officer in the Somali police department officially said that he would join the insurgents which are day to day carrying hit and ran attacks at the Somali government and their Ethiopian ally. This police officer has the colonel badge on his shoulders as he has told the local radio station, and his name is called Col Artan...

Six S African school boys burnt to death

Johannesburg: Six boys were burnt to death in an initiation school house in Mtasane, East London, South Africa's Eastern Cape Health Department said on Saturday. Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the boys were staying at an initiation make shift house when it caught fire on Friday night. Kupelo said the boys were not part of the initiation group...

EU plan 1bn euros' fund for Africa

South Africa: The European Commission has backed a plan to give 1bn euros (£800m) of unspent EU farm subsidies in aid to African farmers. The cash could help farmers boost output, thereby tackling food shortages and soaring prices. The money has been allocated to the EU agriculture budget, but not spent. Some countries have queried the move...

South Africa celebrates Mandela birthday

Johannesburg: South Africa celebrated the 90th birthday on Friday of Nelson Mandela, a symbol of reconciliation in a nation now torn by doubts and nostalgia for his leadership. Newspapers published special supplements and filled their pages with tributes that poured in for a man seen as the father of modern South Africa. Radio stations played...

Somalia: Foreign donor agencies mull leaving

Somalia: Humanitarian agencies in Somalia are considering suspending operations after two aid workers were shot dead in less than 24 hours. Some aid organisations are reported to be reviewing their security measures following the attacks. Violence against aid workers in Somalia has increased dramatically in recent weeks. But it is not clear...

Private radio stations galores in Somalia

Somalia: Privately owned radio stations in southern Somalia have replaced government owned Radio Mogadishu which fell into the hands of one of the warring factions in Mogadishu in 1991. Fragamtantaion of Somalia into clan and war fiefdoms was the main justification used to  set up  private radio stations in southern Somalia. Unlike...

Thousands welcome Zimbabwe president's return

Zimababwe: Thousands of Zimbabweans have greeted President Robert Mugabe on his return from the African Union summit where he defended his controversial re-election. The supporters were ferried in buses to Harare airport, where they danced and sang election campaign anthems. Meanwhile, military police have been seen forcibly closing down ruling...

Kenya's finance minister set to step down

Kenya: Kenyan lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion of no confidence on Finance Minister Amos Kimunya over the controversial sale of a luxury hotel located in central Nairobi. The latest development in parliament now leaves President MwaiKibaki with no option but to sack the minister who had been until Wednesday under intense...