e.tv’s Sam Rogers named African Journalist 2010

2010-06-01 00:00

A SOUTH African television producer has been named African Journalist of the year.

At the 15th CNN MultiChoice Journalist Awards ceremony held in Kampala on Saturday evening, Sam Rogers, was awarded the top prize for her story Curse of the Nobody People.

Rogers is the executive producer of e.tv’s Factuals — Crime and Investigation Unit.

Her story, selected from among 2 074 entries from 40 African countries, focuses on the discrimination and sometimes shocking fate of albinos in Tanzania.

Rogers was one of 27 finalists, winning in the television features award category.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, MultiChoice Africa president Collins Khumalo and Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide, presented Rogers with the award.

Rogers said: “I’m astounded, very honoured and so glad the story has a platform. People can now see what’s really going on. The truth has been outed.”

The chair of the judging panel, journa­list and media consultant Joel Kibazo, said: “The journalist told the story with care and sensitivity.

“She did deep research covering all the angles, including the victims, traditional doctors and even the police and the local media.

Kibazo added, “The victims were given a voice and also overcame risks in telling the story. It is a complete piece of work.”

MultiChoice South Africa CEO Nico Meyer said: “As all eyes turn to South Africa this month, it is imperative that journalists are encouraged and supported to tell the African story with passion and excellence. These awards help us to recognise those great stories. This is without a doubt Africa’s year and we look forward to celebrating more great examples of passion and integrity in journalism next year.”

Other winners from South Africa were Lucas Ledwaba, a freelancer with Drum magazine, who won the award for HIV and Aids reporting in Africa, and Thanduxolo Jika from the Daily Dispatch and Rose Ramsay from eNews, who were commended for excellent work.

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