Climate change and environment reporters from Kenya have dominated the list announced Friday (May 31) in Nairobi, Kenya by the jurists of the First African Climate Change and Environment Reporting Awards (ACCER).
According to Barack Muluka, the chief jurists of Six Panel of judges assembled to judge entries from across Africa in both English and French versions, said the released names were not in any given order as the final part of the process will be the announcement of winners during the Gala Night on June 5, the day set aside globally to mark the World Environment Day.
The list released by the team of judges showed that Bob Koigi whose entry talked about farmers finding cheap environmentally friendly alternative to feritilisers in waster products and Dan Okoth who entered an article that linked challenges of reproductive health, nutrition and climate change topped Kenyan reporters from the print media.
The list also showed Kenya’s Pamela Asigi’s Decision Durban (TV), Pius Sawa’s coping with Climate change (radio) emerging finalists among the broadcast entries.
This award was organized by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in liaison with UNEP, with the support of Christian Aid, Oxfam Novib, SIDA, Finn Church Aid, Diakonia, and BrandKenhya Board.
The main objective of the ACCER Awards is to recognize African journalists who excel in environmental journalism. The first competition covered stories reported during the period January 2012 to March 2013.
The judges received a total of 112 entries, disaggregated as below:
1. Print media: 74
2. Radio: 24
3. TV: 14
With the exception of one print and one TV media entry in Amharic and two radio entries in French, the rest of the entries were in English Language.
It is expected that this kind of initiative will encourage constructive environmental focus in the African media, both at policy and policy implementation level and at the level of public awareness and participation in environmental protection and protection.