Zambian, Kenyan journalists clinch 2004 Kalam Award

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Zambian journalist Brenda Zulu and Kenyan journalist Gatonye Gathura Wednesday clinched the Kalam 2004 Award organised by Consumer International Regional Office for Africa (CI-ROAF).
CI-ROAF put out the Kalam Award to reward African journalists with best articles in the print media, as well as radio and television productions on consumer education and protection, according to Amdaou Kanoute, regional director of CI-ROAF.
He said the award aims to encourage the publication of articles and radio/television productions that emphasise consumer education, their rights and the obligation of providers of consumer commodities to protect those rights.
Kanoute told a press conference Wednesday while announcing the award that it was also meant to consolidate relations between consumers and the media.
The award is an encouragement to journalists who are interested in consumer protection issues to persevere for excellence in journalistic advocacy for consumers in Africa.
The first prize went to freelancer Brenda Zulu, who is also correspondent for the Africa Woman Newspaper, for her article titled "Tele-health set to boost maternal care".
The article was published by Africa Woman Newspaper and later widely printed in the media in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania.
The article "clearly and vividly presents new opportunities for consumers to have access to healthcare services through technological innovations," according to Chérif Elvadide Seye, who served as chairman of the seven-member jury that scrutinised articles and productions submitted by participants in the competition.
Fifteen persons submitted 35 articles to contest the award, Chérif Elvadide Seye, director of strategy and development at PANAPRESS, said at the joint press conference here Wednesday.
Gatonye Gathura won the second prize for his article titled "GM Technology fails local potatoes".
The "Daily Nation" in Kenya published the article, which points out the failure of GM technology tests to produce local sweet potatoes.
Both winners will receive $500 each, a personal computer, plus round trip tickets to Gaborone, Botswana, to attend the regional dialogue between government agencies in charge of consumer protection and African consumers' associations, scheduled 7-11 February 2005.
The jury commended journalist Rolando Martins for his strong attachment to the Regional Association for the protection of Cape Verdian Consumers (ADECO), especially his work as coordinator of a radio programme, "Consumer Voice", on Radio/TV of Cape Verde.
He submitted a radio production that had no competitor.
The launching of the Kalam (Kiswahili word meaning, "to write") Award was given technical, financial and political support by several African institutions, including PANAPRESS and the African Foundation for Capacity Building (ACBF), a press release from CI- ROAF here said Wednesday.

29 décembre 2004 22:12:00

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