Al Jazeera International heads to Harare

Al Jazeera International, the planned English-language news and current affairs channel, is set to become the first international channel to open a bureau in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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By  David Ingham Published  September 2, 2006

Al Jazeera International, the planned English-language news and current affairs channel, is set to become the first international channel to open a bureau in Harare, Zimbabwe. The channel has appointed Farai Sevenzo as correspondent for Zimbabwe and Cyrus Nhara as the resident cameraman and producer. “We will be the only international news channel with a base in Zimbabwe,” said director of news, Steve Clark. “Africa is one of the most pivotal places in the world to report from. It is fascinating to be the only international news channel based in Zimbabwe where we hope to produce a range of news reports and programmes.” Farai Sevenzo has been a contributor to the UK’s Channel 4 News for three years and the same channel’s Unreported World programme. He has also contributed to the BBC’s African coverage. “Having worked on Zimbabwean stories over the past 6 years, the opportunity to report on the ground for Al Jazeera International proved too tempting. Al Jazeera International is an exciting station with a remit to change the way the world views news,” said Sevenzo. “I shall be part of bringing undiscovered stories from Zimbabwe and the region. I’m very excited and look forward to the challenge enormously.” Zimbabwe-born Cyrus Nhara has worked as a Reuters elevision journalist in his home country for the last four years. Nhara has also worked as a freelance cameraman/producer across Arfica for various international broadcasters, including ITN, Channel 4, CBS and the BBC.

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