Fighting Albinos Discrimination in Tanzania wins award
On 31th. May 2010, MultiChoice reported that Sam Rogers, from South Africa, has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards Ceremony.
Sam Rogers, Executive Producer of Factuals – Crime and Investigation Unit, e.tv, won for her story ‘Curse of the Nobody People’, which was chosen from among 2074 entries from 40 nations across the African continent. ‘Curse of the Nobody People’ features on the discrimination and sometimes shocking fate of albinos in Tanzania.
This is the second time that Sam Rogers has now won this highly coveted African journalism award, who was also this year's category winner for the Television Features Award for her heartwrenching story about people with albinism in Tanzania who are hunted and killed and their body parts sold to witch doctors. Sam Rogers won as CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year in 2001 together with Jacques Pauw.
Sam Rogers was one of 27 finalists at the Awards ceremony and was a winner in the category ‘Television Features Award’. The Awards, which rotate location each year in tribute to their pan-African credentials, were held at an Awards Ceremony and Gala Evening in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday 29th May 2010.
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; Collins Khumalo, President, MultiChoice Africa and Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide presented Sam Rogers with the Award.
The evening also recognised Mustafa Haji Abdinur as this year’s recipient of the Free Press Africa Award, for his work in Somalia including the ‘Peace Journalism’ initiative which he launched with the help of fellow Somali journalists. The Award is also in recognition of all the journalists in Somalia who have put their lives at risk in telling the story. There are nine journalists who died during 2009 whilst fulfilling their professional duties:
Abdulkhafar Abdulkadir Hasan, freelance
Mohamed Amin Adan Abdulle, Radio Shabelle
Hassan Zubeyr Haji Hassan, Al-Arabiya
Mohamud Mohamed Yusuf, Radio IQK
Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, Radio Shabelle
Nur Muse Hussein, Radio IQK
Abdirisak Mohamed Warsame, Radio Shabelle
Said Tahlil Ahmed, HornAfrik
Hassan Mayow Hassan, Radio Shabelle
The awards ceremony will be broadcast on the eNews Channel (DStv 403) on July 12.
The CNN African Journalist of the Year Award was founded in 1995 by Edward Boateng (formerly African Regional Director for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., CNN’s parent company) and the late Mohamed Amin, to recognise and encourage excellence in journalism throughout Africa.