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Friday, October 17, 2014

DATELINE DAR ES SALAAM: Journalists reminded to be 'a voice for the voiceless' as they gather in Tanzania for CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2014.


With 2014 media buzz words from Africa which has spread globally like "Boko Haram" and "Ebola", journalists from across the African continent are gathering in Dar es Salaam for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2014 taking place in Tanzania for the first time on Saturday evening at the Mlimani conference centre in the city.

Journalists from various media outlets spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online publications gathered since Thursday in "The harbour of peace" on the East African coast for various training and media forum sessions over the next few days.

Topics range from how to cover Ebola, journalism ethics like the scourge of the bribery of journalists, to whether social media and mainstream media coverage feed or fight international terror groups.

Nico Meyer, CEO of of MultiChoice Africa thanked reporters on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday's event for "giving a voice to the voiceless" across Africa.

The competition in its 19th year and sponsored by CNN International (DStv 401) and MultiChoice is Africa's most prestigious awards recognising excellence in journalism but has scaled back the number of categories from this year - especially in crucial categories like best TV news bulletin and best TV features award which have now been eliminated.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2014 this year received entries from 48 countries across the continent, including in French and Portuguese, with 28 finalists from 10 countries.

CNN International anchor Isha Sesay will be the host of the gala awards ceremony taking place on Saturday evening.

Several high profile media people especially from within the press from across the continent jetted into Tanzania for the pan-African event.

Ferial Haffajee, the editor-in-chief of the City Press newspaper in South Africa, is the chairperson of the judging panel and on Thursday told journalists to go further and to tell better stories than benefit society.