Daily Monitor journalists have been recognized for consistent and frequent reporting about media rights and freedom of expression.
The Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda, recognized Mr Anthony Wesaka as Best Male Journalist, while his counterpart Ms Betty M. Ndagire was crowned the Best Female Journalist for the year 2016.
The two were recognized during the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday.
Other journalists who were recognized and awarded certificates include, Daniel Amule of Radio Pacis, Ephraim Kasozi and Johnson Mayamba of Daily Monitor, Henry Lutaaya of The Sunrise and Kenneth Kazibwe of Chimp Reports.
Monitor Publications Limited emerged the Best Media House overall.
Mr Charles Odongtho, the chair of panel judges for the awards, said that a total of 26 stories were received and seven made it to the final. This is the second year the annual awards by HRJN-Uganda are taking place.
Mr Odongtho decried the quality of submissions and appealed to the organisers to publicize the awards so that more journalists can participate.
“The stories were not up to the best standard and we told HRNJ about it,” he said, adding, “All the stories were written without references to constitutional provisions.”
According to HRNJ-Uganda: “This Annual Journalists’ Award seeks to recognize outstanding individual practicing journalists and media houses that maintain higher professional standards in expediting their work in promoting journalists’ rights and freedoms.”
The top two winners and the best media house receive certificates, cash and plaques.