Opala rewarded

A Kenyan journalist who reported on the lives of death row prisoners has been awarded this year’s Natali Prize.

Ken Opala described the inhumane and “horrid lives” of death row convicts in the Daily Nation. The gold medal winner also picked up the E10,000 regional prize for Africa.

Jessica Bezuidenhout and Mzilikazi WA Afrika from South Africa, and Dorothy Otieno, from Kenya received commendations in the gold category.

Opala, alongside journalists from across the globe, was honoured by the International Federation of Journalists and the European Commission at a prizegiving in Brussels.

Vice-president of the European Commission, Neil Kinnock, handed out the awards.

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