The Africa Report: 9 July
EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news
GABON REMOVES CHINESE COMPANY FROM ITS OILFIELD
In a daring move very rarely seen worldwide, the state-run Gabon Oil Company (GOC) has removed the rights of Addax Petroleum to operate in and exploit an oilfield following allegations of corruption, mismanagement and environmental shortfalls.
Addax Petroleum is a subsidiary of the Chinese giant China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), and was contractually allowed to produce up to 9000 barrels per day.
Addax, which has been in Gabon since 1996, operated at the south-western Obangue oilfield, but production was transferred in late 2012 to the Gabonese company which was established in 2011.
The GOC claims Addax did not fulfill its contractual obligations whilst the Chinese giant plans to take GOC to the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris on accusations of undue harassment
The Chinese will be looking very carefully at this matter given that their operations in Africa are very much resource-based.
AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS REJECTED FROM MILITARY PRESS CONFERENCE
Reporters from the pan-Arabic news and current affairs TV channel Al Jazeera were kicked out of an Egyptian press conference following an outburst.
On Monday, the Egyptian military held a press conference following the slaying of 51 pro-Morsi supporters outside barracks rumoured to house the deposed and detained Mohamed Morsi.
The award-winning broadcaster receives financial backing from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, a supporter of Morsi.
Al Jazeera recently broadcasted graphic images of those killed and wounded in the violence outside of the military barracks on Monday.
One of the journalists in attendance at the press conference called Al Jazeera reporters out, saying they were not wanted there prompting the crowd to chant "Go!" and "Out!".
The Al Jazeera reporters eventually stood up and left the conference.
BRITAIN MOVES TO CRIMINALISE BOKO HARAM
Following the successful deportation of Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada, British Home Secretary, Theresa May has announced that Nigerian terrorist organisations, Boko Haram and Ansar al-Sharia, will be added to a list under British anti-terrorism laws.
Britain's plans to finalise the designation of these two Islamic terror groups are somewhat overdue as Nigerian authorities had launched an attack on Boko Haram and affiliate organisations in May.
Under this ban it will be a criminal offence to support Boko Haram or al-Sharia, whether this is in the form of wearing clothes relating to the terror groups, arranging meetings with or for the organisations or communicating with them across borders.
Not acting in accordance with the ban could result in a 10-year prison sentence.