Ghanaian Journalists Honored for Environmental Reporting

9/13/2001

Accra, Ghana - First and second prize-winning articles in the "Biodiversity Reporting Award 2001" in Ghana, reported on the consumption of marine turtles and the continuous threats to sea turtle nesting habits, such as removal of sand from the beaches for construction purposes, which allows high tides to wash away eggs. The third place covered problems faced by Ghana's wetlands and pressures to the country's fragile marine environment.

The journalists honored during the award ceremony held on September 12 at the British Council Hall were Vivian Baah, first prize-winner; Dzifa Azumah, who took the second place, and Joachim Ayitey who received the third prize. The articles written by the three reporters were published in The Evening News. John Ekow Yarney earned an honorable mention with an article printed in Public Agenda.

The Editor of The Evening News, Francis Assuah; the President of the League of Environmental Journalists, Mike Anane, and the local judge of the contest, Emeritus Professor Ebenezer Laing from the University of Ghana, were awarded an honorable mention certificate.

Conservation International (CI), the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) organize the "Biodiversity Reporting Award." This year, the contest was held in Ghana, Guyana, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. The winner of each country received an expenses-paid trip to Lage-Hoerste, Germany, to attend the World Congress of Environmental Journalists from September 29 through October 4. Second and third prizes consist of cash awards and all journalists were given training materials and a two-year membership to IFEJ.

The entries were judged based on style, creativity, number and variety of sources, and ability to translate scientific jargon. The contest was made possible thanks to the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Virginia W. Cabot Foundation.

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