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Cameroon: Free Newspaper Sees Opportunity in Difficult Market Conditions

Difficult economic times have decreased the purchasing power of consumers in Cameroon, posing a direct challenge to newspapers that circulate throughout the country. Amidst these challenges, one entrepreneur has seen an opportunity: introducing a free newspaper into the market. RAP 21 spoke with Pierre Jules Njawe, the publisher of “Message d’Afrique”, the country’s first general interest […]

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New Fellowship in Health Reporting Offered to African Journalists

Health reporters from Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania, Oman, Sudan and Somalia are encouraged to apply for a Nieman Fellowship in Global Health Reporting, which will take place at Harvard University in Boston from August 2006 to May 2007. During their academic year, Nieman Global Health Fellows will pursue a concentrated course of study at Harvard’s School […]

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2000 Euro Cash Prize in Award for Most Innovative Website

Submissions are encouraged for The RFI Net Africa Prize, hosted by Radio France Internationale (RFI), which honours Africa’s most innovative website or multimedia creation. Organised in partnership with UNESCO and the l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, the RFI Net Africa Prize 2005 aims to discover, encourage and promote projects that contribute to development in one […]

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First Time Media Monitoring Ahead of Egypt’s Presidential Elections

On 7 September, Egypt will hold its first presidential elections allowing multiple candidates to compete for the presidency. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is currently carrying out a monitoring project to record how the elections are being covered in Egyptian media. Initial findings show that the coverage so far has been biased […]

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Creating Global Debate with a Focus on Africa

With both monthly and weekly series on topics ranging from economics and international affairs to science and philosophy, the international organisation Project Syndicate provides newspapers worldwide with commentaries current topics. The special “Into Africa” series brings the voices of leading African thinkers, politicians, economists and writers to the world at large. RAP 21 spoke to […]

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Latest Press Freedom News from the Continent

In Chad, Ngaradoumbé Samory, a journalist with the privately-owned weekly “L’Observateur”, was arrested on 4 June and held for 48 hours, following the publication of an open letter to President Idriss Deby in the newspaper. Samory was arrested by the National Security Agency (Agence nationale de sécurité, ANS), Chads counter-espionage service. His arrest followed the 1 […]

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Interview with WAN 2005 Golden Pen of Freedom Winner, Mahjoub Mohamed Salih of Sudan

Mahjoub Mohamed Salih, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Sudans oldest independent newspaper, Al Ayam, was awarded the 2005 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspaper, for his great contribution to a free and independent press in his home country. For over half a century, Salih has confronted obstacles […]