October 2018

Cameroon detains another journalist

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah Authorities in Cameroon have been asked to immediately release Michel Biem Tong, editor of the privately owned Hurinews website, who was detained on October 23, 2018 after being summoned to the State Secretariat for Defense in the capital, Yaoundé. Prior to his arrest, Tong had published articles criticizing the Cameroonian government’s handling …

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HIV Researchers authorize widespread use of PrEP

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah  A new research presented at the HIV Drug Therapy Conference in Glasgow today shows that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could be given to millions of people worldwide with no increased risk of safety issues during treatment.  PrEP is a combination of two drugs that people can take before sex to prevent …

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World Bank chief speaks on “energy poverty” in Africa

By Aissatou Diallo World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has revealed that African leaders have approached him requesting more support to provide baseload power in their countries. Kim, who was speaking at the recently concluded World Bank meeting held in Bali in mid October this year, disclosed that African leaders resent being instructed by international financial institutions, …

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Nigeria reacts to separatist leader’s appearance

By Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu A statement issued by the Nigerian presidency on Tuesday October 23 has confirmed the re-appearance of the Nigerian separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu who was rumored to have been killed. A media aide to the Nigerian president, Garba Shehu told the BBC’s Hausa Service that Kanu, the controversial leader of the Indigenous People …

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Chinese merchants plunge Djibouti in ‘port controversy’

By Simon Ateba When a major contract between DP World Limited and the Republic of Djibouti was signed, everyone seemed to be happy and satisfied with the business deal. Both sides pledged to respect the terms of the agreement, and it seemed back then, that Djibouti, a tiny but important country located in the Horn of Africa, …

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Mike King wins 2018 Transport Media Award

By Karen Mazzoli Mike King, a multi-award-winning journalist, and shipping and logistics consultant has been announced today as the winner of the 2018 IRU Media Prize on the future of transport and trade from the Swiss-based International Road Transport Organization (IRU). The IRU, founded in 1948, is the world’s leading road transport organization, promoting economic growth, …

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Congolese authorities close two opposition radio stations

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York has issued a statement asking authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to immediately reopen two opposition radio stations, Radio Liberté Lisala and Radio Mwana Mboka (Rammbo), closed down by authorities a week ago. The two radio stations, all operated by opposition politicians, were forcefully taken …

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Congo detains female newspaper editor

A female journalist Sylvanie Kiaku has been detained in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of criminal defamation. Kiaku, the editor of the privately owned weekly newspaper, La Percée was arrested on October 10, 2018 on her way home from work by officers of Kinshasa’s judicial police after an arrest warrant was issued …

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Nigerian journalist Frank Eleanya wins APO Group invitation

Online News Editor Frank Eleanya from Nigeria has won APO’s invitation to attend the Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from November 5 to 8, 2018. APO Group will offer one round trip ticket and accommodation in Lisbon for Frank Eleanyao to attend the Web Summit. The Web Summit …

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Zimbabwe general warns on foreign bases in Djibouti

Major General Trust Magoba,  a special advisor to the African Union office for Peace and Security, has raised concern at foreign interference on the continent. General Magoba was referring to land adjoining a narrow strait that runs past Djibouti on the only route between the Indian Ocean and Suez, where the US, France and China …

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