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Central African Republic journalists released, fined

NEW YORK: Two Central African Republic journalists were fined and released from custody Monday, 11 July 2011, after being jailed for weeks in connection with their coverage of public protests by retired military officers who say the government failed to direct European Union funds to them as intended, according to news reports and local journalists.

13 Jul 2011 13:16

CAR: Prosecutor requests three-year jail terms for detained editors

BANGUI: Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned the three-year jail sentence that a Bangui prosecutor, Arnauld Djoubaye, requested on Thursday, 7 July 2011, for Les Collines de l'Oubangui editor Faustin Bambou and Média Plus editor Emmanuel Cyrus Sandy on charges of inciting violence and hatred in a case involving President François Bozizé's son, defence minister Jean-Francis Bozizé.

8 Jul 2011 10:27

Central African Republic editor charged with incitement

NEW YORK: Central African Republic authorities have charged the director of the independent weekly The Hills of Bangui, Faustin Bambou, with inciting hatred and disorder among the military forces and insulting the government, Bambou told CPJ.

8 Jun 2011 11:54

DRC education: tears, despair in country at breaking point

In a country where more than four million children of schooling age do not attend primary school, teachers go unpaid for 20 months, insecurity and fear of rape keep young girls out of school, and depleted schools lack everything from doors to windows, pens, desks, books, drinking water, electricity and computers, just talking about education brings tears to the eyes of many parents and educationalists.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Mar 2011 12:02

DRC: Authorities urged to free detained journalist

KINSHASA: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concern about Tumba Lumembu, a journalist who has been detained in Kinshasa for the past six weeks, and has urged the authorities to free him. A reporter for the newspaper La Tempête des Tropiques, he was abducted on a street in the capital on 15 September 2010 by members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR).

29 Oct 2010 10:45

UK sued over DRC "conflict minerals"

A London-based campaign group plans to sue the United Kingdom government for allegedly failing to tell the UN about companies and individuals involved in the trade of "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

28 Jul 2010 09:20

Malawi: Lawyers join media, condemn govt. directive

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has joined Malawi media practitioners in condemning government for preventing private radio and television stations from covering important events live, describing it as illegal.

By Gregory Gondwe 24 Jun 2010 10:29

WB train Malawi media on developmental stories

Around twenty journalists assembled in Lilongwe where they underwent a World Bank-tailored training aimed at ensuring that they are able to generate reader-friendly stories from developmental activities taking place in the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 22 Jun 2010 09:22

Malawi: ZBS, Multichoice team up for WC

Malawi's Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) has caught the World Cup fever which has forced it to join hands with Multichoice Malawi in an initiative where the ZBS will be using DStv's signal to conduct free open-air viewings of the different games across the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Jun 2010 10:10

Malawi tax body engages media

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has started engaging media practitioners to help it maximise its revenue base by generating news articles that are educative and informative.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 May 2010 07:47

MACRA receives 64 TV licence applications

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has been overwhelmed with 64 applications for national and regional TV licences following the re-advertisement for TV licence bids a month ago.

By Gregory Gondwe 18 May 2010 08:48

DRC "short-changed" in oil deals

Proposed oil deals between foreign companies and the Democratic Republic of Congo would cut the government's revenues by over 10 billion US dollars, an advocacy organisation claims. London-based group Platform published a report on Wednesday (12 May 2010) criticising leaked confidential contracts for UK oil companies Tullow and Heritage to jointly operate on the DRC side of Lake Albert.

17 May 2010 07:35

2010 MISA-Malawi Media Awards winners

The 2010 MISA-Malawi Media Awards were held earlier this week as part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre. Journalist Maxwell Ng'ambi won the overall media award as well as the 2010 Best Investigative Journalist Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ng'ambi, however, has left the industry to join the corporate world as an employee of Standard Bank Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe 7 May 2010 10:56

TNM posts loss in the face of subscribers boost

Malawi mobile phone service provider TNM Limited has bemoaned increased depreciation charges, which it has attributed to losses posted in the 2008 - 2009 financial year. The company announced through its end results statement a decline in earnings with its net slipping from MK1.5 bn in 2008 to MK1.2bn in 2009.

By Gregory Gondwe 5 May 2010 09:52

Zain, Multichoice Malawi strike deal

Zain Malawi has signed an agreement with Multichoice Malawi to enable customers to pay their monthly DStv subscriptions through Zain's mobile money transfer facility, ZAP Khusa M'manja. Zain Malawi finance director Longa Sipula hailed the deal as an example of what mobile phones can do to improve lives.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Apr 2010 06:49

Malawi begins Press Freedom Day celebration

Malawian journalists have started celebrating World Press Freedom Day, which falls on 3 May every year. Organisers of the event, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi), said a tight budget has forced them to organise the celebration in three parts. The first event took place on 24 April 2010 in Mzuzu and will be followed by a Lilongwe-based event on 1 May 2010.

By Gregory Gondwe 26 Apr 2010 07:22

WAN-IFRA condemns Congo journalist murder

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have called on the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct an investigation into the recent murder of Patient Chebeya Bankome, a journalist in the country.

15 Apr 2010 09:43

Mutharika defends withdrawal of advertising

Barely a day after the death of Malawi's media magnate Dr Aleke Banda, President Bingu wa Mutharika has defended his government's actions to withdraw advertising in the three newspapers published by Dr Banda's National Publications Limited (NPL).

By Gregory Gondwe 14 Apr 2010 11:20

Malawi leads in mobile phone development

Zain Malawi managing director Fayaz King recently told a conference of the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa's finance ministers that Malawi has made ‘long strides' in the development of the telecommunications sector through mobile phone services compared to most African countries.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Apr 2010 11:34

US MCC engages Malawian journalists

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign assistance tool of the US, has engaged the Malawi media to help it publicise a number of development projects lined up in the country under its Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).

By Gregory Gondwe 6 Apr 2010 09:49

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