UGANDA: MMFC journalists win top awards

 

MMFC-trained journalists are on an award-winning spree!

At the HIV Media AwardsNamale Hajara Shahista won the best Radio Story award for her story on gender-based violence (GBV) during COVID-19. Ruth Nazziwa won the Best Print Investigative Story award, with his co-author David Kibuuka, for their story on the impact of COVID-19 on those living with HIV. Their story examined how the 2014 HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which criminalises the intentional transmission of HIV, has been used to persecute those living with HIV in Uganda. The HIV Media Awards were organised by ICT Ministry and National Guidance Ministry in partnership with the UN Uganda AIDS Commission and Africa Center for Media Excellence.

Separately, Nobert Atukunda (pictured above) won the Data Journalism prize at the Uganda National Journalism Awards for her analysis of the impact of the pandemic on Uganda’s electoral system! The awards are run by the African Centre for Media Excellence, with support from the Democratic Governance Facility.

JHR’s Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 program trains journalists to counter COVID misinformation and report on the pandemic’s impact on human rights, with support from Global Affairs Canada. 

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