Journalism in Africa was the main prize winner at the fifth African Journalist of the
Year competition held in Johannesburg in July, 2000
• Television category second prize: Adil Bradlow and Jacques Pauw from the South African Broadcasting Corporation;
• Business category winner: Basildon Peta from the Financial Gazette, Zimbabwe;
• Photographic winner: Debbie Yazbek from Independent Newspapers, South Africa;
• Radio category winner: Patrick Conroy from Radio 702 in South Africa;
• Jeune Afrique Economie Magazine prize: Semiu Salami from The News magazine, Nigeria;
• Merit prize: Zipporah Musau from The Nation Media Group in Kenya;
• Merit prize: George Myabuga from the East African Standard in Kenya; • Special mention: Fazila da Hall, Channel Africa, South Africa.
The winners were chosen from several hundred entries from around the continent, with the print category being the most popular for entrants.
Don Pedro won the print prize for her reports on serious environmental and human rights problems in her home country while Emmanuel Ugwu came second for his lively reports on several issues including problems at Nigerian universities, including cults on campus. Peta won the business/financial prize for his reports on corruption and other economic issues in Zimbabwe.
The winning entry in the television category was a documentary on elder abuse, while Bradlow and Pauw came in second with their documentary on Sierra Leone, Children of War.
Salami won the prize from Jeune Afrique Economie magazine, which linked up with the AJF this year for the first time, for his business investigations for Nigerian magazine, The News.
Merit and special mention prizes were introduced this year as a means of encouraging people for good work in areas such as the environment but where the entries were not necessarily of an award winning standard.
The African Journalist Foundation (AJF) was formed in 1995, the same year that the African Journalist of the Year competition was held for the first time in Accra, Ghana.
It is now in its fifth year and is now one of two African journalism awards after American cable network CNN hived off from the AJF in 1996 to set up its own, separate award.
The AJF is a UK-registered charity which has as its core mandate the improvement of journalists and the lifting of standards of journalism across the continent.
It was set up as a response to the eagerness of Africans to get involved in journalism but who, in many cases, did not have the resources to better themselves and to get proper training.

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