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Fellow wins prestigious awards for investigative journalism

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2017 Tutu Fellow John Allan Namu has won the Media Council of Kenya's Annual Journalism Excellence Awards 2019 Journalist of the Year award as well as the Governance Reporting award in the Television category.  He has also won this year's Global Shining Light Award.  John-Allen, who is CEO of Africa Uncensored, won the awards for his investigative story titled The Profiteers. It exposes the lavish lifestyle of politicians in South Sudan and how they looted the country and stashed their wealth in Kenya and Uganda. 

In June, he also won the Trace International Prize for Profiteers in Canada, after Kenyan television refused to air the story.

The Profiteers, which is available on Africa Uncensored's YouTube channel, documents how senior officials in Juba have been stealing public funds. The investigation explores the linkages between war and the operations of business people, financial institutions, and government and military officials in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

In July, John-Allan Namu’s Profiteers was picked for another global award, after being one of 12 finalists for the Global Shining Light Award.  The prize honours investigative journalism in developing or transitioning countries carried out under threat, duress, or dire conditions.  He was joined for the award by his videographer Elijah Kanyi.  The winners were be announced at the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg in Germany.  The award is sponsored by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an association of 182 organizations in 77 countries that works to strengthen investigative reporting around the world.

The Profiteers explores corruption in South Sudan, where for more than 200 years, the South Sudanese have known two words: war and plunder.  It has seen centuries of enslavement by Northern Sudan and Egypt; colonization, deliberate under-development by the British, and a further half-century of turmoil since greater Sudan gained independence from Britain in 1956. Since 2013, the South Sudanese have picked up arms and gone to war against each other.  So far, the cost has been 380,000 lives lost and the benefits from the war and plunder have flowed out of the country to profiteers.

You can see The Profiteers below:

 

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