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ZAMBIAN ACADEMIC WINS MISA'S 2008 PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

A journalism professor from Zambia who has campaigned extensively on the digital divide and other media freedom issues is this year's winner of the Media Institute of Southern Africa's (MISA) Press Freedom Award.

Fackson Banda, a Zambian professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa, is considered "one of the most outstanding academics of his time," says MISA. He has published on a range of media-related subjects in Southern Africa, such as new media, media sustainability, press coverage of electoral campaigns, and community radio broadcasting.

Banda has worked at the Panos Institute, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Zambia. Most recently, with the BBC World Service Trust and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, he has helped to create a comprehensive African media development framework that includes a strong media freedom and independence component.

For more details, see: http://tinyurl.com/4zx2yg

(24 September 2008)

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