Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Kenyan Journalist Saida Swaleh

Saida Swaleh is an award-winning journalist for Kenya Television Network (KTN) who learned much of her trade while working with Internews in Kenya.

Though she had only been working as a journalist for about a year, in 2012 she was honored as first runner-up for the Media Council of Kenya’s Young Journalist of the Year Awards. This year she won the Gender Reporting Award with her colleague Angel Katusia. Called “Flesh of My Flesh,” the winning story was about the sex trade and included interviews with women who were sex workers and drug dealers in Mombasa, Malindi, Ukunda and Nairobi. 

Last month, she produced an in-depth story for KTN called “Prisoner of My Skin” on the brutal trade in the body parts of people living with albinism. Particularly in neighboring Tanzania, there is a huge demand for albino body parts because they are believed to contain magical powers. Her version is in Swahili and her colleague Angel Katusia produced an English version.

Swaleh is one of eighteen journalists from 16 countries whom Internews brought to Costa Rica in May for UNESCO’s annual conference for World Press Freedom Day. With the theme, “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media,” the UNESCO conference was a four-day summit focused on digital and phys

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