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Bono and Bob Geldof Guest-Edit The Globe and Mail Newspaper

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In a first for the newspaper, The Globe and Mail was edited May 10 by two guest editors – anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof – who produced a special issue focused on the future of Africa and its importance not just for the more than 1 billion people living on that continent, but for Canadians and the rest of the West as well.

The Globe is partnering with Bono, Geldof, and their organization ONE to explore these issues in advance of Canada hosting two critically important summits of world leaders in June – the G8 and the G20. The crisis of extreme poverty in developing countries, particularly in Africa, will be a focus of the G8, while the G20 will center on financial and economic reform.

The critical online and new media component of the project extends into early June as part of The Globe’s G8 and G20 coverage. To oversee this part of the project, the celebrated Kenyan activist and blogger Ory Okolloh joined the team as guest-editor of globeandmail.com. Okolloh oversaw stories from and about Africa and participated in a series of online discussions.

“As the only Canadian newspaper with an African bureau, The Globe has dedicated resources and reporters to deliver in-depth and ground-breaking news as it relates to Africa, its people and the issues that matter most,” said Phillip Crawley, Publisher, The Globe and Mail. “Bono and Geldof have valuable insights and knowledge on the future of Africa, and The Globe is delighted to collaborate with them to bring a new perspective to Canada.”

The special edition features content and commentary from African political leaders, business owners, and grassroots activists; and included contributions from other well-known international political leaders and advocates.

“I’m a huge fan of great journalism – I can’t wait to show up for work at The Globe. Our aim in this special edition is to crack down on a few stereotypes and showcase the opportunities surrounding the African continent, not just the problems,” said Bono.

“The world will be coming to and looking at Canada this June. The older and the emerging economies will be once again be struggling to learn the new 21st century dance of cooperation and possibly even compromise, and this time under Canada’s leadership. The Globe and Mail, one of the world’s great papers of record, has, in a mad rush of blood to the head, agreed to let two Irish pop-singers edit their august journal for one special day, one special edition.” said Bob Geldof.

The Globe and Mail is inviting readers to send in their video questions for Bono and Geldof. Select questions will be chosen, and the guest-editors will answer these questions from The Globe and Mail and shared online at globeandmail.com during the month of May.

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