City Review’s Keji Janefer wins prestigious award

City Review’s Keji Janefer wins prestigious award
Keji Janefer of The City Review second from right was among those awarded for outstanding peace coverage (photo credit: courtesy)

At least three journalists have been awarded for building hope among desperate communities through positive and accurate reporting on conflict situations in South Sudan.

Keji Jennifer of the City Review Newspaper, Lasuba Memo of Eye Radio, and freelancer Alex Daniel from Western Equatoria won the CoMNeTTSS 2021 peace journalism award on Tuesday in Juba. 

The Commissioner of the South Sudan Information Commission, Moyike Nduru, congratulated the journalists and called on them to continue working hard to rebuild the social fabric of the polarised South Sudanese communities.

“If you go home, don’t sleep. Don’t say that this is the end, and don’t go start bragging and tell people that I got an award. This is the beginning of very hard work. I call on you to work very hard and get more awards,” Mr. Nduru said.  

Mr. Nduru also called on the three journalists to expand their coverage to include reporting on regional issues positively to bring stability in East Africa.

Speaking on behalf of the winners, Mr. Memo commended the ComMNeTTS and the UNDP for encouraging South Sudanese journalists to carry out their roles.

“On behalf of my colleagues, this award personally means a lot to me. It is an inspiring thing. I am glad that I will use the money to do the story and use the balance to sponsor my family,” Memo said.

“My advice to my colleagues and media fraternity in the Republic of South Sudan is that let us work toward positivity, something that will motivate and encourage people to live with one another peacefully. Coexistence is the best way for us to create cohesive citizens or community

The competition was organized by the CoMNeTTSS and supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Addressing the journalists on Monday the Executive Director of CoMNeTSS, Joseph Achiro said journalists’ reports could either restore or destroy the community. He emphasized that reporters should employ their conflict-sensitive reporting skills to forge unity among the community in the country.

“We need peace in our society, and it is we to communicate that to our community, what they are doing to support peaceful coexistence among the 64 tribes in South Sudan. So peace journalism is one of the tools to promote peace in the community,” said Achiro on Friday last week.