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The Independent’s Flavia Nassaka wins human rights award

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Flavia Nassaka (left) receives her prizes from Margaret Ssekajja, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights (right).

The Independent’s Flavia Nassaka has scooped the Human Rights Award for 2016 for her two stories that highlighted Police’s abuse in 2015.

The award administered by the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda recognizes journalists whose stories highlight journalist and media rights issues in the country.

Nassaka was awarded a plaque and a cash prize at a ceremony organized to mark World Press Freedom Day in Kampala. Out of close to 40 stories nominated,  Nassaka came top in the female category for her two stories; Police Killing the Messenger and Police on spot over brutality written in January and December, 2015. Johnson Mayamba of The Daily Monitor won in the male category.

Last month, another The Independent journalist Ronald Musoke, was named Uganda’s best journalist of 2016 at the annual media awards organised by African Centre for Media Excellence ACME. (read story here)

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