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High-profile Angolan journalist acquitted

One of Angola’s most well-known journalists Rafael Marques de Moraies and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço have been acquitted by a court in the capital, Luanda.

Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenço, who is the editor of the weekly newspaper O Crime, were charged on 21 June 2017 for publishing an article alleging illegal land acquisition involving former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa.

A verdict and sentencing were expected to be read out today.

A Human Rights Watch official has tweeted a picture of the two journalists and comments from the presiding judge saying: “We can’t punish messengers of bad news.”


Ghanaian activist in hot water after ‘slapping journalist’

An activist for Ghana’s ruling party has found herself at the centre of a media storm for allegedly slapping a journalist – and then defending her actions by saying the woman looked like an “onion seller”.

According to Ghana’s CitiNews, Hajia Fati attacked the journalist last week as she tried to take her picture.

When confronted over the incident, Ms Fati – an activist for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – said she had mistaken her for someone loyal to suspended NPP official, Sammy Crabbe:

I thought it was one of Sammy Crabbe’s women who wanted to take pictures of me. The lady did not look like a reporter. She resembled an onion seller.”

Her defence has left many unimpressed.

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Source: CitiNews

In Somali Police says gunmen kill journalist in capital


Also in April, a government firing squad executed a former media officer working for al Shabaab for ordering the death of six journalists.

Gunmen suspected of belonging to Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab group shot and killed a female journalist working for state-run radio on Sunday, police said.
Major Nur Ali, a police officer, said Sagal Salad worked for Radio Mogadishu.
“Three men armed with pistols killed (her)… We heard gunfire and we rushed to the scene, the gunmen had already escaped,” Ali told Reuters.
“She was rushed to hospital but she died on the way. They killed her near a college campus where she studied. We believe al Shabaab is behind her killing.”
Al Shabaab was not immediately reachable for comment.
Late last year, a female reporter who also worked for Radio
Mogadishu was killed in a car blast. Two men convicted of the killing were executed in April.
Also in April, a government firing squad executed a former media officer working for al Shabaab for ordering the death of six journalists.
The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab was forced out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping troops in 2011 but has remained potent, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s government.
Somalia was plunged into anarchy in the early 1990s following the toppling of military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, and has been struggling to reconstruct.
Somalia ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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Source: Pulse.ng

#_Journalist and #mafia expert says #Britain is the #world’s most #corrupt #nation


A journalist who has spent over a decade documenting the criminal dealings of the mafia has named Britain the most corrupt country in the world. 36-year-old Roberto Saviano who wrote the best-selling exposés Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero, made the comments at the Hay Literary Festival.
He has been living under police protection since publishing revelations about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006.
He said: “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.
“It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.
“Jersey and the Cayman’s are the access gates to criminal capital in Europe and the UK is the country that allows it. That is why it is important why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you , this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government.”
Mr Saviano also weighed in on the EU referendum debate, Britain will go to the polls next month to decide whether to leave the EU or remain and he makes a case for remaining.
He said: “Leaving the EU means allowing this to take place. It means allowing the Qatari societies, the Mexican cartels, the Russian Mafia to gain even more power and HSBC has paid £2 billion Euros in fines to the US government, because it confessed that it had laundered money coming from the cartels and the Iranian companies. We have proof, we have evidence.”

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Source: Independent UK

Nigerian-American journalist, Imade Nibokun, says most Nigerian men are crappy fathers



US freelance writer/journalist, Imade Nibokun,
took to her twitter handle this morning to rant
about Nigerian men and how many of them are
not good fathers. Imade, who has never met her
biological father, says she avoids old Nigerian
men like a plague. See more of her tweets after
the cut…




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CNN African Journalist Awards Win

PUNCH in historic CNN African Journalist Awards win
On Saturday, two journalists of your darling newspaper, The Punch, Mr. Arukaino Umukoro and Mr. Femi Asu, were declared winners in the CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

The prestigious ceremony, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, had four Nigerians for the first time in the history of the awards, emerging tops in their categories.

The PUNCH, the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria, won two out of the four awards that came to Nigeria.

It was the first time a newspaper in Nigeria would win two prizes at the same time during the awards.

The CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected award for journalists across the African continent.

Other winners from Nigeria are Adewale Emosu of Tribune, who won in the Culture Award category with the story, ‘Bahia: Even in Brazil, African heritage lives on;’ and Ibanga Isine of Premium Times, who emerged winner in the News Impact Award with the story, ‘Investigation: Massacre in Gboko: Soldiers at Dangote Factory kill 7; company, govt abandon victims’ families.’

Umukoro and Asu were earlier in the year named among the 31 finalists for the prestigious awards.

Umukoro, a senior correspondent withSUNDAY PUNCH, emerged winner in the Sports Reporting Award with the story, ‘Monuments of waste: Nigeria’s white elephant stadiums.’

The story, published on December 28 in 2014, explored the deplorable state of Nigeria’s stadiums.

According to the report, only a few of those stadiums hosted any form of sporting event regularly.

Umukoro had reported: “One of the most recently built is the National Stadium, Abuja. Built in 2003 at the cost of N54bn (about $321m), it is one of the costliest in the world. However, in the midst of illustrious company, which includes the iconic Allianz Arena – home of former European champions Bayern Munich – at €340 million (about N71bn), and Arsenal football club Emirates stadium that cost about £390 million (about N102bn), the Abuja National Stadium sticks out like a sore thumb.”

An intrepid journalist, he has numerous awards to his credit.

In 2012, he won the Anthony Enahoro Prize for Development Reporting of the Year at the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, and in 2013, he was named the Sports Reporter of the Year category at the Nigeria Media Merit Awards.

Umukoro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Print Journalism from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism.

Asu, a correspondent with The PUNCH, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He started out his writing career when he was appointed Campus Life correspondent for The Nationnewspapers in 2009; and in 2010, he was nominated for Best Opinion Writer in the Coca Cola/NBC Campus Life Awards.

Asu on Saturday, won in the Ecobank Economics and Business Award with his entry, ‘Small business in death thrills as power supply worsens.’

The story written last year December revealed the debilitating effects poor power supply has on millions of Nigerians who depend on electricity to eke out a living and create jobs for others, as they continue to fork out large sums of money to fuel generators.

Asu wrote in his report, “Up until November 2013, the entire value chain of the power sector from generation and transmission to distribution was managed by the Federal Government. Now, the private investors, who took over the successor generation and distribution companies unbundled from the government-owned Power Holding Company of Nigeria, are still grappling with the challenges in the sector.

“But not much has changed, according to the views from the streets.”

In 2011 and 2013, Toyosi Ogunseye, Editor ofSUNDAY PUNCH, was winner in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards MSD Health and Medical category and the Environment category of the CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award, respectively.

In 2014, The PUNCH’s columnist, Mr. Bayo Olupohunda, was nominated as one of the finalists.

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