Journalist Arison Tamfu. PHOTO/COURTESY
SOME OF THE AWARDS WON BY ARISON TAMFU:
2015: Winner of the Africa category and Grand Prize of the European Union Lorenzo Natali Media Awards
2015: United Nations Correspondents Association Awards (UNCA) award
2015: CNN African Journalist Awards 2014 Environment category winner
2014: African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting award winner
By PATRICK MAYOYO
Daily Reporter journalist, Arison Tamfu, is among winners of Kurt Schork Memorial Awardsa prize that honour some of the most courageous yet least recognised journalists around the world.
The winners were announced this week, alongside an inaugural award for news fixers.
Mr Tamfu an award-winning journalist is the Daily Reporter’s www.reporter.co.ke West Africa Editor and is among winners shortlisted for the Freelance category in developing countries.
His entry included three stories published by the Daily Reporter. They include:
Anglophone Cameroon’s hidden bloody conflict http://www.reporter.co.ke/2017/04/21/anglophone-cameroons-hidden-bloody-conflict/
Inside Anglophone Cameroon secessionist territory Inside Anglophone Cameroon secessionists territory | Daily Reporter
Shock of teen pregnancies in Anglophone Cameroon as schools shutdown Shock of teen pregnancies in Anglophone Cameroon as schools shutdown
The three category winners will each receive a cash prize of US $5000 to be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony in the Thomson Reuters auditorium in Canary Wharf on the evening of Tuesday November 7th.
John Beck, a British journalist based in Iraq, has won the Freelance category award for his reporting about the war in Western Mosul for Al Jazeera. The judges praised his stories for going “beyond the frontline and reporting about the innocent victims of war”, deemed to be in the spirit of Kurt Schork.
New Delhi-based Indian journalist Soma Basu has won the Local Reporter category for her originality, attention to detail and impressive writing. The judges said: “tackling sensitive issues such as the skin trade and organ trafficking was risky and a story that had never been written about before”. Her winning stories were published by Indian media platform Youth Ki Awaaz and expose the harrowing ordeal of Nepali women who are trafficked and forced to sell their skin to supply Indian’s booming cosmetic surgery industry.
This year, 177 journalists from 63 countries submitted 531 published stories. A shortlist of eight in each of the two categories was judged by Reuters Global Editor Alessandra Galloni, Eye Witness Media’s Sam Dubberley, and Cardiff University’s Professor of Journalism Richard Sambrook.
The 2017 Freelance category finalists were Lauren Wolfe (USA), Jason Patinkin (USA), Ioan Grillo (UK), Fausto Biloslavo (Italy), Jack Losh (UK), Victor Soehngen (USA) and Francesca Mannocchi (Italy). The Local Reporter category finalists were ‘Olatunji Ololade (Nigeria), Raksha Kumar (India), Ray Mwareya (Zimbabwe), Arison Tamfu (Cameroon), Zorayda Gallegos Valle (Mexico), Riyaz Wani (India) and Arukaino Umukoro (Nigeria).
The Kurt Schork Memorial Awards will also confer the inaugural News Fixer Award to recognise the unsung heroes of modern journalism at the November ceremony. Rarely credited and usually in danger, these on-the-ground ‘guides’ often also act as translators, drivers and assistant reporters. It is the fixers’ local expertise, as well as their network of official – and unofficial – contacts that provides the raw source material for the out-of-town correspondents.
The new prize was inspired by the freelance journalist, author and friend of Kurt Schork, Anna Husarska, and pays tribute to the vital role that news fixers play in coverage from difficult, dangerous and hostile locations.
30 nominations from 11 countries were submitted to the category in total, with the award going to Iraqi news fixer Makeen Mustafa. Mustafa was nominated three times by international journalists working in Erbil who hired him as their fixer during assignments in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Union of Journalists has condemned the attack against two journalists by the National Super Alliance goons.
Citizen TV’s Francis Gachuri andNTV’s Jane Gatwiri were Tuesday afternoon roughed up by goons during a meeting called by Nasa at the Wiper headquarters in Nairobi.
KUJ Secretary General Erick Oduor warned that journalists would in future stay away from such events.
“Kenya Union of Journalists condemns the attack onCitizenreporter Francis Gachuri by Nasa supporters. This acts of violence against journalists is not acceptable and [we] demand action against the perpetrators. If such acts do not stop, we will advise journalists to stay away from such events,” he said.
Nasa communications director Kathleen Openda issued a statement condemning the attack and promised to investigate the matter.
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