13 August 2003


A judge in Mozambique has won the MISA Press Freedom Award for his contribution to the promotion of press freedom in southern Africa, reports the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

"Through this award MISA recognizes the incalculable contribution made by Judge Paulino to the judicial process in Mozambique, as well as access to information and freedom of expression in the region," MISA says.

Dr. Augusto Raul Paulino, who presided over the trial of six men accused of murdering investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso in 2000, was commended for allowing the electronic media to cover the case. That gave the public an "opportunity to form its own opinion [about the case] and set a positive example for other African countries," MISA says.

The six accused men were convicted and each sentenced to 23-year jail terms [See http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/32679/].The trial was hailed widely as both a triumph of transparency and an indictment of official corruption in Mozambique, reports MISA.

The award will he presented to Judge Paulino at a gala dinner as part of MISA's 2003 annual general meeting and conference. The meeting is being held on 12 September 2003 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

MISA's annual Press Freedom Award recognises the work of an individual or institution for making significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. Past recipients include Carlos Cardoso, Geoffrey Nyarota, Bright Chola Mwape and Gwen Lister.

For more information about the award contact MISA's Regional Director, Luckson Chipare, by E-mail: director@misa.org; Tel: +264 61 232975; Fax: +264 61 248016.

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