Pap Saine, Kenneth Best to be honoured at IPI book launch in South Africa


The book, titled Celebrating Freedom: Two Decades of Evolving Media, is prepared and published by the International Press Institute (IPI) based in Vienna, Austria.

IPI, a Vienna-based Global Network for free media in over 120 countries, is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the promotion of the free flow of news and information and the practices of journalism. The IPI World Congress, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 12 to 15 April 2014, is expected to gather over 300 leading representatives from the worlds of media, politics, business and academia.

The ten World Press Freedom Heroes of Africa, in whose honour the IPI Book will be launched, are Pap Saine, a long-time Reuters correspondent for West and Central Africa; Kenneth Best, founder of the Daily Observer (Liberia), Omar Belhouchet, director of El Watan (Algeria) and others.


It would be recalled that Mr Pap Saine was awarded World Press Freedom Hero in September 2010 in Vienna, Austria, by IPI in its 60th Anniversary in recognition of his courage and dedication to the principles of freedom of opinion and expression. Mr Saine was also awarded in 2006 in Germany for promoting Press Freedom and Democracy by Philip Palm Foundation. In 1988, Mr Saine was also awarded for winning a quiz competition on African football at the 16th African Cup of Nations held in Morocco.

After the IPI Book launch in South Africa, Mr Saine will proceed to Zambia at the invitation of Mr Fred M’Membe, managing director and editor-in-chief of the privately-owned newspaper The Post, which is a leading paper in Zambia. Mr M’Membe is also one of World Press Heroes in 2000.