Burkina-Faso: Filep celebrated the excellence of investigative journalism – Journal des Nations

The 9th edition of International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press (FILEP) in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso reached its highest point with its farewell ceremony to festival-goers on November 13, 2021. Filep organized a colorful gala evening to celebrate excellence and magnify the investigative journalism.

Gaston Sawadogo, from the event newspaper, from Burkina Faso with two trophies at Filep 2021, the Gold Prize and the PAJI Sebgo d’Or

Several Burkinabè authorities, distinguished guests, Filep partners and journalists from different countries gathered in the marquee of SIAO, the international crafts fair in Ouagadougou. An occasion which allowed the proclamation and the delivery of the Norber Zongo African Investigative Journalism Prize (PAJI-NZ). Performing journalists in the different categories of photo, caricature, online press, written press and radio marched in front of the platform to receive their prizes.

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A view of the presentation of the trophies during the Norbert Zongo African Prize for Investigative Journalism (PAJI-NZ) at the Filep 2021 gala evening in Ouagadougou

For the photo and cartoon competition, 24 works of 8 candidates were registered. Unfortunately, no work was retained in the photo category. For the caricature category, Constant Tonakpa received the palm with the sum of 500,000 CFA francs as a reward.

the Marie Soleil Prize registered 24 works by 13 candidates in 3 categories: written and online press category, television category and radio category. The winner of the first category is Mariam Ouédraogo from Éditions Sidwaya.

Maimouna Traoré / Ouédraogo from RTB is the winner of the second category. She also won the Marie Soleil Prize for best journalist with Mariam Ouédraogo from Éditions Sidwaya. No winner in the radio category.

47 works in 4 categories (radio, television, online press and written press) were in total shortlisted for the Norbert Zongo African Prize for Investigative Journalism (PAJI-NZ). Only 19 works were selected. For this prize, the jury selected the three best of each category, then chose the best of all the categories (the PAJI Sebgo d’Or “Pen name of journalist Norbert Zongo ” Henri Sebgo ””.

Thus, for the PAJI-NZ, radio category, the Gold award went to Aziz Momar Lo from Senegal. The Silver award to Clément Sodji from Benin radio and the Bronze award went to Charles Simporé from Burkina radio.

For the PAJI-NZ, television category, the Gold prize went to Mali with Maliki Diallo. The Silver Award to Manasseh Awuni from Ghana and the Bronze Award to Daniel Lutaaya from Uganda. For PAJI-NZ, in the online press category, Nigeria was awarded two prizes including the Palme d’Or to Damilola Banjo and the Bronze prize to Yusuf Akinpelu. The Silver Prize went to Théodore Tchopa from Cameroon.

In the written press category, Burkinabè journalists stood out. Gaston Sawadogo, of the event newspaper, from Burkina Faso won two trophies, the Gold Prize and the PAJI Sebgo d’Or. Philiberte Amiko from Madagascar got the Silver Prize and the Bronze Prize went to Sandrine Sawadogo, from the Faso economist also from Burkina Faso.

As a reminder, the 9th edition of FILEP was held from 10 to 13 November 2021 around the central theme: “Resilient media at the service of African citizens”. About 200 journalists from 21 countries around the world took part in this pan-African media event.

Christiane MUNOKI EKAMBO in Ouaga


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Burkina-Faso: Filep celebrated the excellence of investigative journalism – Journal des Nations