DW Akademie: Palm basis Award for Josephine Achiro Fortelo from South Sudan

Josephine Achiro Fortelo from South Sudan will obtain the Johann-Philipp-Palm-Award for Freedom of Speech and the clicking 2018 in Schorndorf/Germany on December 2. Achiro Fortelo is a radio journalist and the nearby coordinator of the cross-Border network (CBN), a DW Akademie undertaking. She will be able to visit Deutsche Welle in Bonn on December five.


In her daily work for the CBN, the journalist is dedicated to independent reporting and freedom of expression. The affiliation of twenty-two radio stations in the border vicinity among Uganda and South Sudan changed into based in June 2017 at the initiative of DW Akademie. The community pursuits to support the peace manner via presenting impartial facts. 

The CBN brings together newshounds from South Sudan and Uganda to share records across borders. Because of South Sudan’s civil warfare and the mass exodus of refugees, people on both facets of the border have a need for unique data: they want to realize about the state of affairs again domestic and are searching out answers to practical, sometimes vital questions in addition to an trade with the neighborhood population in the host countries. 

according to newshounds without boundaries, journalists in South Sudan are issue to intimidation and violent attacks. Many editorial offices have had to close down. Achiro Fortelo has obtained repeated threats because of her work.

based in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Achiro Fortelo have become known as a presenter for the radio station “Bakhita.” Her programs enable people of various ethnicities and convictions to have their say, with the intention of promoting crucial change and imparting facts for minorities.

In its statement of the award winners, the Palm basis stated that “Josephine Achiro Fortelo is an wonderful role model for the warfare for freedom of speech and press as an critical prerequisite for democracy.”

along side the South Sudanese journalist, the Bosnian human rights activist, photographer and journalist Štefica Galić will also acquire an award on the ceremony.  

For interviews with Josephine Achiro Fortelo at some stage in her visit to Bonn on December 5, please contact [email protected]

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