Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture 2020
To be delivered by Mduduzi Mathuthu, Samira Saoub, Lina Attalah, and Matias Guent.
The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture – in honour of the memory of the Mozambican journalist who was assassinated while investigating corruption in 2000 – casts the spotlight on countries where journalists are under attack and promote continental solidarity among journalists.
In 2020, the lecture will be delivered by four journalists, Mduduzi Mathuthu, editor of ZimLive from Zimbabwe, Samira Sabou from Niger, who recently came out of detention, Lina Attalah, editor-in-chief of Mada Masr from Egypt and Matias Guente, editor of Canal de Mocambique. They will share experiences and also highlight the extent to which journalism is under attack across the African continent.
Mduduzi Mathuthu is the founder and editor of the ZimLive news website. His two-decade career began at The Daily News in Zimbabwe, which was bombed and shut down by the government. Mathuthu left for the United Kingdom where he studied journalism and law. He founded and edited the NewZimbabwe.com news website – the first original news online publication for Zimbabwe – in 2003. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2013 as editor of The Chronicle newspaper in his hometown of Bulawayo, but was removed after two years for running a story critical of then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s attempts to deny his role in the post-independence Gukurahundi massacres. Mathuthu was transferred to Namibia to become editor of the regional weekly, The Southern Times, which he left in 2017 to set up ZimLive. Mathuthu’s investigative work with ZimLive to expose Covid-19 procurement corruption led to the government cancelling US$60 million worth of tenders awarded to a friend of President Mnangagwa’s family, and the arrest and sacking of the health minister.
Matias Guente & Canal de Mozambique have faced official harassment and intimidation in recent years.
Unidentified assailants beat Guente and attempted to kidnap him on New Year’s Eve and he is also under investigation for allegedly contravening state secrets for publishing information about a security contract between the government and a multinational oil consortium in Mozambique’s restive Cabo Delgado province.
On August 23, unidentified individuals broke into the office of Canal de Mocambique, poured petrol on the furniture and equipment, and set it ablaze, destroying the newsroom, furniture, equipment, and the paper’s archives.
Matias and the Canal team refused to be cowed and managed to publish the weekly edition of the newspaper after setting up a makeshift newsroom on the pavement outside the office.
Lina Attalah is a journalist, whose work has appeared in both Egyptian and international press outlets. She is the co-founder and publisher of Mada Masr, a Cairo-based news website. Before that, she was the chief editor of Egypt Independent, a flagship media voice in Egypt. In 2005, she worked in Darfur, Sudan to cover the conflict there for the BBC World Service Trust. Throughout the past six years, she has gone on assignment to cover the armed revolution in Syria in 2011 for Egypt Independent and the presidential elections in Iran in 2013 for The Guardian.
Ansbert Ngurumo describes himself as a “survivor and living testimony to the threats against the independence and freedom of thought in Tanzania”. A vocal critic of President John Magufuli, Ngurumo fled Tanzania in late 2017 after he was tipped off about a plot to kill him. He now lives in exile in Sweden. His career in journalism spans more than two decades. He has worked for several media houses, including as managing editor of Tanzania Daima and the now-banned MwanaHALISI, and has also written for media outlets in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa.
Ngurumo is the founder, editor, and publisher of www.sautikubwa.org — a pro-democracy website established in exile in April 2018 to publish “forbidden news” as President John Magufuli’s government continues its assault on the media in Tanzania.
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