ZIMBABWE Independentnews editor Dumisani Muleya has been nominated as one of the 21 finalists for the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2006 Competition out of 1 530 entrants from 43 countries.
Muleya was nominated for his “mediagate” stories on the take over of private newspapers by the state security service. Daily Mirror photographer Desmond Kwande is also one of the finalists. Other finalists are from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mozambique.
Former Independent journalists Sunsleey Chamunorwa, now Financial Gazette editor, Brian Hungwe, now with the SABC, and Dumisani Ndlela, have won category awards at the competition. Standard news editor Walter Marwizi and former Daily News photographer Tsvangirai Mukwazhi have picked up awards there.
Chairman of the independent panel of judges, Joel Kibazo, said the competition, now in its eleventh year, received “a record number of entries from 43 countries across Africa.
“The winners of the competition will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Maputo at the Polana Serena Hotel on Saturday July 15,” Kibazo said.
“These awards are important because they highlight the depth of talent we have on the African continent.”
The co-hosts for the event will be Femi Oke, anchor and reporter for CNN’s Inside Africa, and Jeff Koinange, CNN’s Africa correspondent.
The panel of judges, chaired by Kibazo, also director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth secretariat, includes Dr Doyinsola Abiola, Daily Times Newspaper Group director, Souleymane Diallo, president of West African Editors’ Forum, Koinange, Arlindo Lopes, secretary-general designate of the Southern African Broadcasting Association, Jacqui O’Sullivan, head of Corporate Communications, South African Airways, and Anna Umbima, a journalist and broadcaster. Filipe Correia de Sá, senior producer at BBC World Service, was brought in to help judge the Portuguese-speaking category. — Staff Writer.