The recipients of two of the awards attributed by CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 tell us about life after winning an award. And they engage in an exciting discussion on their work in two dramatically different settings - Somalia and South Africa.
Our guests are :
- Sam Rogers, executive producer of the crime & investigation unit at E TV in South Africa
- Mustafa Haji Abdinur, co-founder of Simba radio in Mogadishu and Somalia Media for Peace and Development
Sam Rogers won the overall prize for a television documentary Curse of the nobody people about the experience of albinos in Tanzania. And Mustafa Haji Abdinur won an award in the Free Press Africa category for his work in Somalia initiating Somalia Media for Peace and Development. He shares the CNN MultiChoice award with nine Somali journalists who died in 2009 while carrying out their job.
Winning a prize is not a first occurrence for either Sam Rogers or Mustafa Haji Abdinur. In 2001, Rogers won a CNN MultiChoice African Journalist award for another TV documentary, “Double injustice” about a woman gang raped in South Africa. In 2009, Mustafa Haji Abdinur won the CPJ International Press Freedom award. They both agree that, even though it didn’t dramatically change their life, winning an award gives them a boost, a tremendous encouragement to continue in their line of work.
Mustafa Haji Abdinur & other fellow Somali journalists created Somalia Media for Peace and Development because they wanted to engage in what they call peace journalism.
“We want journalism to help promote peace in our country rather than the opposite. The only news about Somalia, and even in our local radios, is death, bombs … we want to work towards peace,” says Mustafa Haji Abdinur.
To do so, Somalia Media for Peace and Development organises forums and training sessions for local journalists.
In an exciting exchange, Sam and Mustafa question each other about how they carry out their work in their respective environment.
There is such a stark difference between the realities of journalism in Somalia and that of South Africa.
Sam was keen to know how Mustafa works in an environment where death threats and bombs have become a common feature.
Mustafa was interested to know more about how Sam proceeds when she travels and investigates stories.