Manasseh Azure Awuni emerges West African Journalist of the Year

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Manasseh Azure Awuni emerges West African Journalist of the Year

Manasseh Azure Awuni, a Freelance Investigative Journalist, has emerged the West African Journalist of the Year at the West Africa Media Excellence Awards held in Accra.

He received US$2,000 as his prize.

Mr Awuni won the prize on the ticket of a story titled: “Grounded Wheels,” which sought to expose the waste of resources on the continent, despite the little socio-economic progress.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said there was a need for the state to ensure the safety of investigative journalists, by actively creating a safe environment that complimented their work.

“If someone threatens a journalist, we should not wait for that journalist to be killed, immediate measures should be put in place to protect that journalist from harm in the first place,” he said.

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Mr Awuni encouraged journalists, especially young and upcoming ones, not to allow fear or intimidation from any quarters to stop them from pursuing justice.

“Fighting corruption easily turns you into a target to be gotten rid of, but you need to press on and help build a clean society,” he said.

Mr Awuni also received 500 US Dollars for the Best Anti-corruption Report.

Six other journalists from the sub-region received awards in other categories.

They were Moussa Ngom, Senegal; Best Health Reporter, Olunfunke Busari, Nigeria; Best Reporter on Human Rights, and Olatunji Ololade, Nigeria; Best Environmental Reporter.

SOURCE: ghanaweb.com

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