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Using third generation (3G) video mobile phones as cameras, the BBC found a way to convert phone pictures for television output. The quality is good enough for phones to broadcast without an ISDN line, and when used with a microphone the phones provide studio quality sound. Reporters will be able to deliver reports and pictures for broadcasting via their mobile phone. This is likely to have major implications for breaking news by dramatically cutting the time and cost involved in gathering news.

Shaking the Tree The investigative reporters were forced to defend their report – the Yengeni advertisement, instead of answering the questions, gave rise to more questions on the issue. The unit deemed it wise to use the opportunity, not only to defend the Sunday Times but also to launch a further offensive against Yengeni on the arms deal. The daily newspapers picked up the matter the following day in response to the advertisement. Yengeni arrested for corruption, fraud, forgery and perjury Ironically, the news of Tony Yengeni’s arrest took place during the week, and was not to the advantage of the Sunday Times, that first broke the story and investigated Yengeni for months on end.

Then Mail & Guardian editor Phillip van Niekerk agreed with me and published; it was also published in The Namibian. Afterwards, Swapo government Prime Minister Hage Geingob announced he would sue the Mail & Guardian, but he didn’t. Regrettably, it was only much later that I came across a witness close to the DCC who named the actual perpetrator of the killing. This source was a very good one, as he was able to convey details told to him by the perpetrator, that only the perpetrator could have known.

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