AMWIK members Moraa Obiria and Serfine Achieng both scooped awards at the second annual Journalist for Human Rights (JHR) human rights awards. Moraa of the Nation newspaper won the journalist of the year award and the print category awards while Serfine of Citizen TV, formerly of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC) was the overall winner in the TV category. Nancy Agutu of The Star newspaper emerged as 1st runner-up in the print category.
The awards which took place after the JHR Conference under the theme Speaking Truth to Power: The Role of CSOs and the Media sought to herald excellence in human rights reporting and gender stories. This year, JHR received 123 entries compared to 79 at the inaugural awards last year where both Serfine and Moraa also emerged winners.
Speaking during the conference, AMWIK Executive Director, Patience Nyange called for multi-stakeholder collaboration to identify and deliver solutions to the challenges confronting both media systems and the civil society. “Journalists alone cannot save journalism, and civil society activists and human rights defenders alone cannot defend the civil space.” She said.
Other winners in the awards included Rosebella Tawa of Radio Rahma (overall winner-Radio), Issac Waihenya of Radio Jangwani (1st runners-up-Radio), Stella Alex of Radio Domus(2nd runners-up- Radio) and Rosemary Onchari of Shahidi news (2nd runners-up-Print).