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Presentation ceremony of the RFI - Reporters Without Borders reporting prize for 2003

Radio France International, the 24-hour world news station, and the international press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders set up this prize to support and encourage talented journalists in the countries of French-speaking Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The prizes are awarded for the best coverage of news in four categories - radio, the written press, photography and newspaper cartoons. They are presented in partnership with the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, with support from the French foreign ministry and the French Ecole des Métiers de l’Information-CFD.

Apart from recognition by the public and within journalism which is crucial in some countries and significant internationally, the winners will be offered a three-day course at the Ecole des Métiers de l’Information-CFD journalists’ school and receive:

-  a laptop computer and a mini hi-fi system (for the radio category winner)
-  a desktop computer and multimedia equipment (for the written press category winner)
-  a desktop computer and multimedia equipment and a digital camera (for the cartoons category winner).

The judges, chaired by French writer Jean de La Guérivière, senior correspondent and former head of the Africa-Asia desk of the French daily paper Le Monde and author of several books about Africa, included:
-  Jérôme Bouvier, chief editor of the French service of RFI
-  Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders
-  Marie-Soleil Frère, Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie
-  Stephen Smith, journalist
-  Joël Robine, photographer, Agence France-Presse
-  Nicolas Bruant, photographer
-  Willem, cartoonist, Libération

The judges met on 11 September and awarded the prizes to:
-  Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne (Senegal), radio category
-  Danielle Nomba (Cameroon), written press
-  William Rasoanaivo (Madagascar), newspaper cartoons
-  No award was made in the photography category


Jean-Paul Cluzel, head of RFI, Robert Ménard, Roger Dehaybe, head of the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, and Jean de La Guérivière will present the prizes on 14 October at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (5, rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris), after an RFI press conference at 11.30 a.m.

Briefs profiles of the winners:

-  Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne (Senegal), radio Born on 21 June 1976, journalist with the Dakar radio station Walf-FM. His report, "Religion in Senegal: is the press bewitched?" was broadcast by the station on 3 May 2003. CDs of it are available from RFI.

-  Danielle Nomba (Cameroon) , written press Born in Douala (Cameroon), aged 25, and a journalist with the Le Messager. Her article, "Pygmy families in Cameroun exhibited in a zoo in Belgium," appeared in the paper on 20 August 2002.

-  POV (Madagascar), newspaper cartoons Born in Antananarivo on 12 January 1975, William Rasoanaivo, known as Pov, is a journalist and cartoonist for Midi Madagasikara. His cartoon, "The plagues of Africa," appeared in the paper on 9 December 2002.

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