Cape Town – Four South African journalists have been nominated and managed to crack the shortlist for this year’s landmark 20th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015.
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015 announced the shortlisted finalists in the various categories, with the continent's most prestigious competition for journalism on the African continent, now in its 20th year, set to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in October.
After downsizing the number of categories in 2014 from 14 to 11, the awards once again expanded, keeping all 11 categories and adding a best features award as well as a technology and innovation reporting award to bring the award categories to 13.
Ferial Haffajee, editor of South Africa's City Press newspaper and the chairperson of the awards independent judging panel, announced the 31 finalists coming from 39 countries this year.
South African journalists nominated this year for their work include Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha working freelance for e.tv; Herman Verwey of Beeld newspaper and Sarah Wild for The Mail & Guardian.
Finalists will again converge for a four day media forum set for early October and the gala award ceremony, which this year will be held in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in East Africa. With the landmark 20th year of the awards, winners from previous years will join this year's finalists.
In the past the awards also handed out a Press Freedom Award - ironically, but poignantly - often to a journalist who cannot attend due to imprisonment or death suffered in the line of simply bringing people the truth and reporting the news.
This award could very likely be awarded this October in Nairobi to the Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed imprisoned in Egypt and who were sentenced last month, together with journalist Peter Greste in absentia, to an even longer prison sentence.
"MultiChoice is delighted to once again be associated with these prestigious awards that give respect to the work done by journalists across the African continent," says Imtiaz Patel, MultiChoice group CEO.
"We congratulate all the finalists on their achievements and look forward to celebrating with the winners in Nairobi in October."
"We continue to be amazed by the resourcefulness and growth of journalists in the complexity and immediacy of the digital and online age of news and information," says Tim Jacobs, MultiChoice Africa CEO.
"That is why we remain committed to nurturing and growing African journalists who have a huge responsibility and role to play and where tech-savvy readers have the ability to follow breaking stories and are not shy to engage in dialogue on a number of different platforms."
"The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards have for the past 20 years provided a voice for credible journalism. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we can only commend the journalists for leaving no stone unturned in telling the important stories."
"The quality and breadth of entries in this, its 20th year, is testament to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards' position as the most prestigious recognition for journalism across the continent," says Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and managing director of CNN International (DStv 401).
"CNN is privileged to be involved in this important initiative to honour the outstanding work across multiple platforms, topics and journalistic principles."
Here is the full list of finalists:
Fiifi Essilfie Anaman, Freelance for zonalsports.com, GhanaBenedicta Asiimwe, Freelance for Daily Monitor, UgandaFemi Asu, Punch, NigeriaDomingos Bento, redeangola.info, AngolaThomas Naadi Bitlegma, Viasat1, GhanaSheriff Bojang Jnr, Freelance for West Africa Democracy Radio, SenegalRuth Butaumocho, The Herald, ZimbabweIbrahima Diallo, Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), SenegalAdewale Olugbenga Emosu, tribuneonlineng.com, NigeriaChahinaz Samir Gheith, Freelance for Al-Ahram Hebdo, EgyptCarla Gonçalves, A Nação, Cape VerdeBoldwill Hungwe, Zimbabwe Independent, ZimbabweIbanga Isine, Premium Times, NigeriaPaul Kelemba, Freelance for The Standard on Saturday, KenyaDeo Gratias Tchédé Kindoho, Radio Bénin, BeninJulie Laurenz & Jacqueline Jayamaha, Freelance for e.tv, South AfricaPetride Mudoola, Freelance for Sunday Vision, UgandaAbubakari Akida Mussa, Mtanzania, TanzaniaPedro Paxi Pereira Ndoma, TV Zimbo, AngolaGeorge Oduor Otieno, Baraka FM, KenyaHyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, L'Observateur Paalga, Burkina FasoEnock Sikolia & Charles Kariuki, NTV, KenyaArison Tamfu, Cameroon Journal, CameroonK?´la´ Tu´b?`su´n, Blogger at ktravula.com, NigeriaArukaino Umukoro, Punch, NigeriaBento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, MozambiqueHerman Verwey, Beeld, South Africa
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