Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) wishes to announce that Breeze FM 99.9 Lafia, Nassarawa State Nigeria has emerged the recipient for the 2023 AMDF Courage in Journalism Awards.
Breeze 99.9 FM is the first privately owned radio station Nassarawa State, commissioned in March 2017, and demolished same year by the former Governor of Nassarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura.
Also, In March 2023, a staff of the organization (Breeze (99.9 FM) was attacked by personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) while covering the 2023 general elections. Local reports revealed that the journalist was ordered to be beaten by Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Chief of Staff to the Emir of Lafia; leaving the journalist with a deep cut on head and swollen body.
The board of AMDF having considered these, decided to present this prestigious award to Breeze 99.9 FM Lafia. The Courage in Journalism Award is presented to journalists and media organizations that have demonstrated courage in the work they do exhibiting resilience and courage despite facing various forms of attacks and oppressions.
This award will be presented at the 5th edition of the Bagauda Kaltho Media Lecture taking place on September 19th, 2023, 11:00am, West African time, via Zoom at 10am.
ABOUT BAGAUDA KALTHO MEDIA LECTURE SERIES
Named after a Nigerian investigative Journalist that went missing, ‘Bagauda Kaltho’ Memorial Media Lecture examines varying issues that impact on media practise in Africa, as well as its role in shaping democracy.
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) believes the Lecture Series will serve as compendium and assist media professionals in finding bearing, as well as contribute to the body of knowledge.
ABOUT THE ORGANISATION
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) is an organisation that provides professional support to media and sustainable development initiatives. It registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission in 2014. More about AMDF can be found on its website https://amdf-centre.org
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF).