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Charles Ngah Nforgang won the 3rd Prize in the “Africa” section of Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize 2010. The Cameroonian journalist was awarded for a report written in Libya that unveils the prostitution of young black girls recruited by agents in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report was published by Syfia/Jade Cameroun, Afronline’s partner.

Nforgang was among 17 journalists from around the world who received the awards in Brussels Town Hall on 6 december, which were presented by European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Prizes worth a total of €60,000 were awarded with the first prize in each category going home with over €5,000.

Theodore Kouadio of Côte d’Ivoire from Frat. Info won the second prize with a story on the issue of human sacrifices that some politicians use every election year in Côte d’Ivoire to win elections. The first went to Kenya’s Kipchumba Some who is Senior writer in The Standard. Kipchumba is known in Kenya for his investigative stories and political analysis.

Entitled “Police executions: Dark secrets revealed, his report uncovered the roles played by Administration Police officers in malpractices before the 2007 General Election and how some died in the course of the covert operations. Kipchumba interviewed colleagues of those who died in the course of duty and their families.

Winners of the Arab World and Middle East Region section

Egyptian journalist Manar Attiya Salem has won the €5,000 first prize for the Arab World and the Middle East region. Her winning article, ‘Aya breaks the wall’ highlights the issue of the trade in forced marriages among underage girls.

Manar Attiya Salem is a journalist at the lifestyle section at the newspaper Al-Ahram Hebio, where she has written hundreds of articles concerning Egyptian society.

Second prize went to Moroccan journalist Adama Wade for his article ‘The scandal of Ivorian cocoa’ published in Les Afriques, with third prize to Abdelkarim Chankou of Morocco for ‘Is Milouda in lethal danger?’ published in Citadine.

Created in 1992 by the European Commission, the Lorenzo Natali Prize rewards journalists committed to Human Rights, Democracy and Development. Originally reserved for print and online press, the Lorenzo Natali Prize has opened in 2008 to radio and television journalists.

The prize is in honour of Lorenzo Natali (1922-1990) who was a European Commissioner and then Vice President of the Commission between 1976 and 1989, with special responsibility for cooperation and development between 1985 and 1989.

To organise the Lorenzo Natali Prize, the European Commission works with some of the most prestigious world press associations — Reporters Without Borders, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Mind in 2005 and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, representing a total of more than 18,000 publications over the five continents. For the 2010 edition, seventeen journalists from all over the world were selected among 1,200 participants.

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