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South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Expands to Cover Africa With New Digital Platform

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mgSouth Africa’s Mail & Guardian has launched Mail and Guardian Africa digital news platform for Africans to tell the African story.

Mail and Guardian Africa promises great news analysis, insight, commentary and investigative journalism.

“Mail & Guardian Africa has taken the bold step to report Africa by telling why things do or do not happen, using an evidence-based, non-dogmatic and analytical approach and exploring the new opportunities that technology, social media and crowd-sourcing tools offer to do that in new ways,” says Mail and Guardian Africa Editor Charles Onyango-Obbo, a leading pan-African journalist with an unparalleled grasp of the Africa narrative.

Headquartered in Nairobi Kenya, Mail and Guardian Africa will be led by Charles Onyango-obbo, a respected East African columnist and author with experience in East and Central Africa.

Chris Roper, editor-in-chief of M&G Media, describes M&G Africa as “a very necessary addition to the journalism landscape of the continent, and one that knits together the many voices of Africa into a coherent, thoughtful tapestry, rather than the more usual competing narratives imposed on the continent by interest groups.”

Anastacia Martin will be the Managing Director Mail and Guardian Africa to drive the strategic mandate and ensure commercial viability of the contemporary digital news portal.

M&G Media Ltd, the firm behind Mail & Guardian Online and the newly launched Mail & Guardian Africa M&G Africa is 77.69% owned by Zimbabwean publisher and entrepreneur Trevor Ncube and others. It’s African expansion comes after the recent South African Times Media Group acquired stake in a Kenya’s Radio Africa Group, showing the incrasing growth and need of Pan-African new platforms. CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC all have their Africa-focused news platforms to cater for the increasing diaspora and multinationals doing business in Africa.




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