10.11.2021

Competition Theme: Protecting Journalists and Promoting Community Radio to Provide Access to Information!

Ange Joel Agbla from Benin won the first prize in the fesmedia Africa radio script competition which was launched on 28 September, the International Day for Universal Access to Information . The 2021 competition called for entrants to write radio scripts on how journalists have a role that should be protected in compiling information to make it accessible and how community radios play a pivotal role in disseminating relevant and reliable information for the public good.

 Luciano Milala from Malawi and Saleem MJ from Kenya were tied in second place while Alexandra Djotan from Benin scooped the third prize.

The competition winners were  announced on 2 November 2021, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and the first prize script will be produced and aired on 13 February 2022, on World Radio Day.

We received a total of 20 entries (9 English, 3 French and a record of 8 in Kiswahili) from across the continent.

Fesmedia would like to congratulate the winners of the "Special Mentions" category, Noella Ngunyam and Kuessie Nze Romulus Dorval from Cameroon, whose scripts received favourable reviews from the panel of judges but did not meet the criteria to be declared winners- due to the race being a tight one.

The panel of judges included Njiku Githethwa from Kenya who is a broadcast specialist, and an advisor to the Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET) Board, Anthony Williams-Auchab from Namibia who is a radio production lecturer from the College of the Arts, and Thabong Pusoyabone from South Africa, who is the Secretary General of the National Community Radio Forum of South Africa.

Journalism remains a vital profession, one which is under attack from a plethora of elements  on the continent, thus the theme highlighted the importance of protecting journalists because of their critical role in providing access to information.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who made the effort to submit entries!

fesmedia Africa
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P.O. Box 23652
Windhoek, Namibia

+264-61-417500
info(at)fesmedia.org

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