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2 February 2006

CNN AND MULTICHOICE TO HOST 2006 AFRICAN JOURNALISTAWARDS IN MOZAMBIQUE

New Award Category Announced for Journalism on HIV/AIDS

CNN and MultiChoice are to host the 'African Journalist 2006 Awards' in Maputo, Mozambique.The winners of the prestigious annual Award, now in its 11th year of honouring African journalism, will be recognised at a gala ceremony to be held at the Polana Serena Hotel Mozambique in July 2006.

Chris Cramer, Managing Director, CNN International, said: "We are delighted that the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards continue to move around the Continent, and in 2006 will be in Maputo.This shows the commitment by CNN and our partners MultiChoice to developing journalism in Africa and growing this truly pan-African competition.We are looking forward to this being one of the most memorable Awards ceremonies in 2006." Previous host countries for the Awards have been Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.

Nolo Letele, CEO MultiChoice, said: "After many years of the event being held in South Africa, and then in Kenya last year, we are excited about being in Mozambique with its vibrant and energetic media market. The growth of the African Journalist awards parallels the growth in the SA market where the DStv service was launched in 1995. The last 11 years have seen explosive growth, and MultiChoice has played a key role in uniting Africans by providing information, quality entertainment and pioneering satellite technology for television viewers in Africa."

"We look forward to celebrating and enhancing our partnership with CNN and the 11th anniversary of the awards. Furthermore, MultiChoice is proud to play a role in the quest for excellence in African journalism," Letele said.

The distinguished panel of judges for the 2006 awards has also been announced, with judging of the entries taking place in London from 27 April to 1 May 2006. The judges confirmed for 2006 are Dr Doyinsola Abiola, Executive Director, Editorial/Publications, Daily Times of Nigeria PLC, Souleymane Diallo, President of West African Editors' Forum, Joel Kibazo, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat, CNN's Africa Correspondent, Jeff Koinange, Arlindo Lopes, Secretary General designate of SABA - Southern African Broadcasting Association, Jacqui O'Sullivan, head of Corporate Communications and CSI, South African Airways and Anna Umbima, broadcaster and journalist.

The competition comprises 15 categories.  This year there is a new Award, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for HIV/AIDS Journalism.  This will recognise outstanding reporting on HIV/AIDS in Africa and specifically the broad impact of the epidemic across different sectors of society, on individual, communities and nations, and the resilience of the African response to the epidemic.

The competition is held in association with South African Airways.  Other prestigious sponsors for the African Journalist 2006 are  Camerapix, Celtel, Coca-Cola Africa, Ecobank, Global Media Alliance, IPP Media, Johnnic Communications (Johncom), Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), Polana Serena Hotel, Moçambique and Safebond Company Africa Limited.

The overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist prize comprises a three week professional programme at CNN Center, Atlanta, with complimentary flights courtesy of South African Airways and a cash prize; along with the prize awarded to all category winners, which consists of participation in a four-day finalists' programme, a laptop computer, modem and printer and an additional cash prize.

More information about the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2006 Competition can be found at www.cnn.com/africa/africanawards

Contacts:

CNN International:  Claudia Coles + 44 207 693 0946claudia.coles@turner.com

                                    Justine Bower +44 207 693 0968justine.bower@turner.com

MultiChoice:               Marilyn Watson + 27 11 289 3062 mwatson@multichoice.co.za

Note to Editors:

About CNN

CNN International is one of 23 CNN services available worldwide and can be seen in 15 million households on the African continent.  Not just a television service, CNN news is available via a range of new media services including CNN.com International the Award winning website. Since the inception of the African Journalist Competition 11 years ago, CNN has used it as the model for further journalism competitions in India, Korea, Latin America, Brazil and Germany as part of its worldwide commitment to supporting journalistic endeavour.

About MultiChoice

MultiChoice is a multi-channel pay television platform with channels from Africa, Europe, Asia and USA.It provides premium television entertainment to over one million digital subscribers in 49 countries on the African continent and adjacent Indian Ocean islands through its DStv Bouquets..

Through the introduction of a dynamic technology platform and the assembling of excellent channel bouquets, built around compelling and premium movie and sports channels, MultiChoice has succeeded in building a significant television business, which spans the African continent. 

Operations include world-class subscriber management services and the management of a digital satellite television platform broadcasting over 50 video and 60 audio channels 24 hours a day.  The company also demonstrated its continuing innovation by launching full return path based Interactive television services.

MultiChoice is one of the outstanding examples of a pioneering African company, owned by the MIH Group, an international player providing entertainment, technology and e-commerce services.

MultiChoice's involvement in Africa goes beyond its core business, with social investment programmes in every country in which it operates. 

About the judges:

Dr Doyinsola Abiola

Executive Director, Editorial/Publications, Daily Times of Nigeria Plc.

Dr. Abiola, was recently appointed as the Executive Director of Daily Times, Nigeria.Previously she was the Editor-In-Chief of Concord Press of Nigeria. Abiola worked as a reporter at Sketch Newspapers from 1969 - 1970 and later was Features Writer and Features Editor at the Daily Times Newspaper in Nigeria.

Dr. Abiola was the first Nigerian female Editor of a national newspaper, The National Concord, and became the first Nigerian female to become an Eisenhower fellow in 1986. She is member of the Nigerian Press Council and a Fellow at the Commonwealth Journalists Association.  

Souleymane Diallo

President of West African Editors' Forum

Souleymane Diallo, from the Republic of Guinea, is President of West African Editors' Forum and Vice-President of African Editors' Forum.  He is a journalist with over thirty five years experience and has worked in Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Comoro Island.   Most recently, he was founder and publisher of Lynx, Lance Press Group in Guinea.   He is Guinea's representative for Reporters Without Borders and a member of UNESCO Advisory Committee for Press Freedom, where he is also a panellist of the jury for UNESCO - Guillermo Cano World Prize for Press Freedom.  He has won the Prize for Press and Democracy, North-South Festival, Geneva

Souleymane is fluent in French and English and holds a Masters in Mass Communication - Anglophone Studies from the University of Abidjan, and a PhD from the University of Nice, France.

Joel Kibazo

Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Joel Kibazo, from Uganda, is Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and spokesperson of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

He joined the Secretariat after more than a decade as a journalist at The Financial Times. Joel has worked and reported from many countries around the world. He has written and presented several radio documentaries for the BBC and also made programmes for television.

He was also a regular contributor to magazines in London, Africa, Japan and the United States. He lectured on the media in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe and at universities in the United Kingdom.

Joel is the longest serving judge and has been Chairperson of the Judging Panel for the past two years.

Jeff Koinange

CNN Africa Correspondent

Jeff Koinange, from Kenya, is CNN's Africa Correspondent, covering stories across the continent.   Before that he was CNN's bureau chief in Lagos, where he was responsible for co-ordinating all news output from West Africa and also for covering events from the rest of the African continent.

Prior to joining CNN Koinange worked for Reuters Television from 1995 to 2001, covering the majority of the African continent.

Previously Koinange spent a year as an associate producer for NBC News in New York in 1994, where he worked as an overnight producer for the 'Today' show. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a reporter/associate producer for the Medical News Network. In 1991, Koinange began his career as a desk assistant/off air reporter, for ABC News in New York, where he worked on the domestic and foreign desks.

Koinange holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University.

Arlindo Lopes

Secretary General designate of the Southern African Broadcasting Association

Arlindo Lopes is about to take up his new position of Secretary General for the SABA.  Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Mozambique Television.   He has also served as President of the Union of National Radio and Television Organizations of Africa (URTNA).He has been in journalism for more than 30 years, with experience on major Moçambican news media including the national daily paper Noticias (as reporter, news editor and director), The Sunday paper Domingo and the weekly newsmagazine Tempo.

He has also been in public service as National Director (Permanent Secretary) in the Ministry of Information (1987-1994) and Director of Information in the Office of the Prime Minister (1995-2002).

Arlindo has an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.

He is fluent in Portuguese, French and English.

Jacqui O'Sullivan

Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Investment, South African Airways

Jacqui O'Sullivan joined South African Airways in January 2006 as Head of Corporate Communications and CSI.Prior to this, Jacqui was Communications Manager at Johannesburg International Airport, a position she held for over four years.During her time at JIA, in addition to being responsible for all media issues, she managed key delegations at the airport including the FIFA Committee South African inspection for the 2010 World Cup; the teams' arrival for 2003 Cricket World Cup and Heads of State for the 2003 World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Jacqui is a journalist by trade and began her career in 1995 as Junior Reporter at the Johannesburg Bureau of the Sunday Tribune.   She went on to work as reporter at the Saturday Star and Sunday Independent before becoming Education Reporter at The Star.    In 1999 she moved into radio, as Executive Producer of the John Robbie Show on 702 Talk Radio.The following year she joined SAfm as producer and editor of SAfm online.

Anna Umbima

Broadcaster and Journalist

Anna Umbima has more than twenty years experience in broadcast journalism as a presenter, producer and foreign correspondent. British by birth and Ghanaian by parentage, she presented the BBC World Service women's programme Everywoman and also has a large portfolio career which includes devising and running major arts events, award-winning workshops and training programmes and various consultancies both in the UK and abroad.  She was a Foreign Correspondent in Zimbabwe for BBC radio between 95-97 and also covered Malawi and South Africa, plus presenter and editor, BBC World Service breakfast programme, Network Africa. 92-94

Anna helped launch Botswana Television, as Production Director (included devising station schedule, training staff and overseeing programmes).   In addition to this, she has also travelled and worked extensively across Africa including Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

She has a B.A. Hons. Politics. Essex University and a Post-Graduate diploma in Journalism. City University, London.

Filipe Correia de Sá

Filipe started work as a journalist for TPA Angola, whilst there he acted as a Director, National Desk Editor and Chief of Regional Desk.  From 1983-1985 he was Deputy Editor at 'O Pais' a weekly newspaper.After this, he worked for Newspapers and Television in Cape Verde for eleven years.  In 1996 he became a Producer at BBC World Service based in London and is now a Senior Producer.    He has written a novel 'Talamungongo'.Filipe was the second Lusophone judge

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