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CNN and MultiChoice to host 2005 African Journalist Awards in Kenya

Landmark 10th anniversary Awards to be held in Nairobi

6 April, 2005

CNN and MultiChoice Africa are to host the 'African Journalist 2005 Awards' in Nairobi, Kenya. The winners of the prestigious annual Award, now in its 10th year of honouring African journalism, will be recognised at a gala ceremony to be held at the Safari Park Hotel on Saturday June 25th.

Chris Cramer, Managing Director, CNN International said, "We are delighted that the 10th anniversary awards are moving to Nairobi. The move brings with it confirmation that this is a truly pan African event and, having joined forces with MultiChoice Africa, we are looking forward to this being one of the most memorable events, particularly as 2005 also sees CNN celebrating 25 years as the world's pioneering news provider."

Eben Greyling, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: "It is very exciting to be holding the event in Kenya this year as it reflects the true pan-African nature of our business and these awards. It is also rewarding as Kenya was home to many of last years winners. We look forward to celebrating true excellence in African journalism, the 10th Anniversary of the Awards and our partnership with CNN."

The distinguished panel of judges for the 2005 awards has also been announced, with judging of the entries taking place in London from 28 April to 2 May 2005. The judges for 2005 are Dr Doyinsola Abiola, Managing Director Concord Press of Nigeria, John Battersby, UK country manager of the International Marketing Council with responsibility for promoting South Africa, Joel Kibazo, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat, CNN's Lagos bureau chief Jeff Koinange, Arlindo Lopez, Managing Director Mozambique TV, Evelyn Shasha Ndimbie, Freelance Editor, Consultant and TV news anchor for the Cameroon Radio Television Corporation, CRTV and Onkgopotse JJ Tabane, SAA Vice President, Communications and Government Liaison.

The competition is held in association with South African Airways. Other prestigious sponsors for the African Journalist 2005 are the African Development Bank, Camerapix, CTS Group, Global Media Alliance, Johnnic Communications, IPP Media, Libertis, Merck, Sharp & Dohme (MSD) and the Safari Park Hotel.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the competition, CNN and Multichoice added a general news Lusophone category thereby expanding the competition further to include entries in Portuguese from Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome and Principe. More information about the CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2005 Competition can be found at www.cnn.com/africa/africanawards.

Contacts:

CNN International: Seema Alibhai +44 207 693 0940 seema.alibhai@turner.com
MultiChoice Africa: Caroline Creasy + 27 11 289 3081 ccreasy@multichoice.co.za

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