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Al Jazeera International announces African line-up

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MUMBAI: Al Jazeera International, the long-delayed Qatar based international English news channel, today announced its full line up of bureaux and correspondents across Africa. It will have bureaux in Cairo - Egypt, Abidjan - Ivory Coast, Nairobi - Kenya, Johannesburg - South Africa and Harare - Zimbabwe.

Al Jazeera International, which is now targeting a year-end launch, will be sharing the resources of the Al Jazeera Arabic Channel's African bureaux located in Ndjamena - Chad, Tripoli - Libya, Nouakchott - Mauritania, Rabat - Morocco, Dakar - Senegal, Mogadishu - Somalia, Johannesburg - South Africa and Khartoum - Sudan.

"Our reporting from Africa will be unparalleled. We will have more bureaux and resources dedicated to Africa than any other global broadcaster," said Al Jazeera International managing director Nigel Parsons.

Speaking from Doha, director of news Steve Clark said, "Africa is one of the most pivotal places in the world to report from. It is a continent of hope and change."
"We are planning other bureaux across the continent of Africa and will be announcing them in due course," Clark continued.

"The teams we have in place show a level of dedication and understanding that I am sure will give us a distinctive edge," said Africa bureau chief Andrew Simmons.

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