COVID-19 : Nigerian journalist, others win Gatefield 2020 PJPA award

Investigative journalists Hopewell Chin’ono, David Hundeyin and Feminist Coalition (FemCo), a gender advocacy group, have won the Gatefield People Journalism Prize for 2020 (PJPA).

Mr Adewunmi Emoruwa, of the made the announcement in a , on , in Abuja.

He said that the PJPA 2020 comes with a 3,000 dollars reward for the selected journalists and 15,000 dollars worth of strategic communications support to FemCo from Gatefield.

He said that Zimbabwean Hopewell Chin’ono, won the People for 2020, Nigerian David Hundeyin won the People for Informed Commentary 2020, while the Feminist Coalition were the winners of the People Newsmaker for Social .

“We selected Chin’ono for his investigative reporting on the COVID-19 procurement corruption in Zimbabwe. This report stopped this corrupt activity and forced the sack of the country’s health minister.

“We selected Hundeyin for his exposé on the draconian Infectious Diseases Bill under consideration by Nigeria’s House of Representatives during the COVID-19 .

“This report led to the withdrawal of this proposed legislation, which would have imperilled Nigerians’ fundamental human rights.

“We selected FemCo for exceptional leadership that rallied an unprecedented nationwide and global response against the injustice of police brutality in Nigeria.” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PJPA is a service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists, citizen reporters and social newsmakers in .

The 2019 was won by investigative journalists; Fisayo Soyombo, and Kiki Mordi.

A presentation of the award will hold in May 2021 in a yet to be decided format. (NAN)