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    CNN David McKenzie Reporting To The Media Press After CNN Censored In China As Reporter Talks About Being Roughed Up By Police.
    An insight into David McKenzie's chronicle: Who is Mckenzie? He is a man of 39 years old, and holds multiple passports include a South African national passport. McKenzie is a descendant of Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) family of white Afrikaners, who migrated to South Africa in early years. McKenzie is an international correspondent for CNN channel (DStv 401) based now in Johannesburg, South AfricaMcKenzie is a controversial journalist who has been placed on blacklist in some countries like China. McKenzie joined CNN from UNICEF  in 2007 before coming to UNICEF he was a freelance producer at ABC news (2004). Now he is at CNN where he still serves as an international correspondent and producer with CNN Africa Services Unit reporting on the sociopolitical landscape from more than 30 countries in Africa. In fact, he is not only a handler of CNN Namibia-North Korea case alone, but also an investigative journo tailing unfounded cases in other African nations like Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and etc. 

    Education: According to the well-placed sources he went to a private 'English Primary school in Western Cape, South Africa. McKenzie graduated from Duke University in USA with degrees in Public Policy and Psychology and received a Masters in Journalism from New York University also in America, where he was on a full scholarship awarded from (Broadcast and Knight Foundation ScholarshipMckenzie won the Amnesty International Media Awards in the International Television Radio Category

    He has crisscrossed the globe as journalists and sometimes just a shady figure that observing political events and carry out impromptu walk-ins into most AU conferences and the international summits to cover the news from within.  Formerly he was stationed at Nairobi, Kenya for half a decade and place where he won his most celebrated international awards for his coverage exclusively on Africa sociopolitical development.

    McKenzie is a fearless investigative journalist who wishes to risk almost everything just for the purpose to access the red-headed target or penetrate the closed source in obtaining the information which appeared restricted from the public, he is more eagerly to do trade stories by venturing to places where most won't dare go, from the Ebola ravaged places and the violence-prone oil fields in Darfur, Sudan to the piracy-plagued coast of Somalia where both pockets of terrorists and armed militia are natural theme of the surrounding. McKenzie was the first undercover international reporter to gain access to Sudan’s controversial oil fields to disclose the allegation about environmental pollution. 

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    David McKenzie Works On CNN Freedom Project In The Heart Of Ivory Coast Probing Child Labor In Cocoa Fields.
     As part of the CNN Freedom Project Documentary Mckenzie explored deep into the heart of Ivory Coast to investigate the economics of the chocolate industry which previously owned by the warlords, in his effort to eradicate child labour and give insight about its main supply chainsIn a separate investigation, he was one of the first correspondents to uncover the threat of Al-Shabaab and piracy off the coast of Somalia.  

    He has served most of his journalism career trotting across Africa and the globe reporting for CNN’s platforms, before then moving to Beijing, China in 2013,"China was an incredible experience, but in a sense this is a homecoming both personally and professionally since I have long experienced covering all parts of Africa during my career, I will be an international correspondent for CNN focusing on South Africa, Africa and wherever else the story takes us," he says. "Africa is an important story for CNN and we want to make sure it gets the diverse and robust coverage on all our platforms that it deserves,said David McKenzie.

    Since joining CNN, McKenzie he has handled critical events and interviewed many high-profile personalities and leaders including Nobel Prize winners Wangari Maathai and Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

    In 2011, McKenzie investigated the plight of the mentally ill in Kenya for CNN’s documentary series ‘World’s Untold Stories.’ The program’s broadcast resulted in domestic and international human rights groups calling for government intervention. The matter was brought to the attention of the Kenyan government, who have called for change.

    In 2013 McKenzie assigned with a mission at CNN Beijing-based to cover human rights-related issues in that communist nations and he was also tasked to dig in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370. He stayed in China for almost two years and during that period where he spent weeks with Chinese families trying to get an empathy on their loved ones who perished in incident, while he was with them he gained exclusive opportunity accessing the informers on the Chinese top secret project of space program and published a detailed report for CNN International special using dissidents under house arrest.

    MacKenzie was punched and kicked by the Chinese police when trying to obtain the protected information from the state court about Xu Zhiyong a human right activist who was arrested last summer in Beijing for organizing a series of protests in China. He also exposed the dramatic trial and sentencing of former Communist Party kingpin Bo Xilai who been found guilty on all charges of corruptions and sentenced to life in prison on 21 Sep 2013.

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    CNN David McKenzie Hand-Handled By Chinese Security Officials During Xu Zhiyong Court Trial in January 2014.
    McKenzie was kicked out of China after sometimes collided with Chinese security officials who don't care much for western press and media propaganda. The police officers as you see in the photo above pulling away from the reporter from the street that closer to the courthouse where the dissident attending court session, it was an order given that no media near the demarcated area, even it is a public space. During the chaos, police ripped off the data memory from the CNN crew's camera but luckily the film remained intact. A policeman told the crew that they were just following national orders. In a live interview, later on, McKenzie told CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux that reporters have to be extra careful when working in China. 


    Intelligence and Journalism: Some people may ask a question; is there a difference between espionage and journalism?  Historically the two disciplines embraced one another and played off each other in the search for foreign news and information. Sometimes there were no degrees of separation.

    U.S. secret agencies used journalists as covert agents and even have recruited full-time correspondents for major U.S. publications like CNN,ABC and other house media that worked concurrently for the CIA, passing along information received in the normal course of their regular jobs and even, on occasion, traveling to non-newsworthy areas to acquire data on behalf of secret services.

    The agency also had stringers and other independent freelancers who collected information, create rumours and planting stories in foreign media that fed into the international news traffic, print outlets, electronic and social media.  

    The intelligence community avoids their local placement being brownout, so in order to protect their cut-out networks from exposure who may only be spared for eminent operations, so journalists are the best alternative, that manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies. The manipulation takes three forms: The first is the attempt to recruit journalists to spy on other people, or to go themselves under the journalistic "cover". These dirty activities are occurring today and had been existed for years. It is dangerous activities, not only for the journalist concerned but for other innocent journalists who may get tarred with the espionage brush and easily become targets of state security.

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    The State House Of the Republic Of Namibia Was Build In September 2002 Long Time Before North Korea And United States Issues Started.
    The second form of manipulation that worries me most is when intelligence officers are allowed to pose as other professionals like journalists in order to write tendentious articles under false names. Thanks to the recent whistle-blowing activities from David Shayler an ex MI5 agent, Richard Tomlinson former intelligence officer from MI6 and Edward Snowden, the NSA technical assistant who exposed the murky world of global espionage.

    The third sort of manipulation is the most insidious when intelligence agency propaganda stories are planted on local media or willing journalists, who disguise their origin from their readers.

    Black propaganda: Is the best art of shady world for fabricating news and distort true source or intention behind. Media are the excellent platforms for disguise and this has been a tool for intelligence agencies since the days of the second world war, when the East German communist State Security Service (Stasi) got up to all kinds of tricks with clandestine radio stations, to drip all kind of news and pessimism into the ears of ordinary populace. Stasi has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence agencies that have ever existed on the planet. Stasi's official task was to counteract foreign propaganda and ostensibly plant their own misinformation in the world press to elucidate or confuse the general readers.

    How CNN International Journalists And All Sort Of Agents Access Information In Namibia Which Deems Restricted or Classified.
    Spies' business is like journalists' works since both ushers the same methods, which merely to contrive true from lies. Any journalist like example McKenzie who could travel, see things, report back to the media house like CNN would be of more practical use in the business of espionage than, say, a case officer who operate at the local residence with a diplomatic cover. And, make no mistake, this kind of behaviours carryout by international journalists is very dangerous. 

    Our first task as vigilant citizens are to document what goes on in this very furtive field. Our second task we ought to be more open to the Namibian public educating on what the proper relations between the intelligence agencies and the media community. And the final task we sought to find amicable ways that can protect our national sovereignty, maintain peace and stability in more sensibly manners, that can't suppress the freedom of press and media in the country. Of, course we ought to try and find a means to these humiliating activities. We don't care about the business of North Korea and so whatever, here we only concern the way the information was delivered and presented, which deem that there is a serious vacuum in the fabric of national security.

    Namibia’s Government Response: On Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 through the office of International Relations and Cooperation rejected accusations by the coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea, Dr Hugh Griffiths who accused the southern African nation of not complying with UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang. Namibia rejected such allegations that it had not submitted a report for more than a year to the Security Council’s sanctions committee on North Korea. “The Government of Namibia wishes to categorically state that it has submitted reports to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee as required, the last having been submitted on 8 April 2017,” Lineekela Mboti, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, said in a statement.

    Hugh Griffiths, who is the coordinator of the body charged with monitoring sanctions enforcement on North Korea, said Namibia had contracted North Korean workers and state companies to construct an ammunition factory in clear violation of UN sanctions dating back nearly a decade. 

    Griffiths alleged in a report on CNN that the UN panel had not received responses from Namibia to specific queries for more than a year. “It is not enough to talk in the media. It is not enough to say you have been exonerated by the UN for North Korean sanctions violations because that is not true,” Griffiths was quoted on the information provided by CNN correspondent Mckenzie who is the central role in this witch-hunting ploy.

     Mboti said Namibia terminated the contracts with Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation and Mansudae Overseas Projects in the southern African nation, “which will remain in place” for as long as the UN Security Council sanctions continued. She said Windhoek was committed to complying with all relevant UN resolutions on North Korea and had invited the UN experts to visit Namibia to see for themselves. 

    EndNote: Namibia is the only place where any foreign entity from noway could get away with everything in a couple of seconds, including accessing its state's secrets include classified documents and national projects. There is no any place in the world not even in America or the UK a foreign journalist could capture information related to the national integrity of such countries or comprise its sovereignty, without legal question. But, in Namibia this freedom of information guaranteed by the Namibian constitution in Chapter 3 under[Article 21 Fundamental Freedoms] to permit true journalism to prevail. Again this same act makes other elements to think they have an upper-hand than actual National law. 

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