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Zambia’s capital Lusaka will be the host nation for the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2012 this year.

The African nation will be playing host to a phalanx of photographers, reporters and journalist from print, radio, television and the internet across the continent and well as executives from the pan-African pay TV platformMultiChoice and the global news channel CNN who will attend.

It will be Zambia’s first time hosting the African continent’s most prestigious awards ceremony recognising journalism – often an extremely difficult, arduous and dangerous calling – being done on the continent.

It will be the 17th time that the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards are being held with journalists and news gatherers awarded prizes in several categories for excellent work, as well as the CNN MultiChoice Journalist of the Year award.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2012, an annually televised event across Africa on CNN International (DStv channel 401), will be held at the new ultra modern Government Complex Convention Centre in Lusaka in Zambia.