Allow me space in your paper to express my displeasure on the recent MISA Zambia awards which saw many walking away with ‘little prizes’.
This gesture by MISA seems simple but it is quite important as it encourages media personnel to work hard and research more on different subjects.
I have been following these awards for some time now. However, I really don’t know the procedure or criteria followed to decide on who should be the recipients.
What I know is that for someone to be awarded a prize it means that he or she has done something extraordinary especially after being presented with some form of assessment.
I don’t know if what I heard was true that those who want to be awarded are told to make entries for the ‘competition’.
If it is true, then I feel this is a wrong way of ‘awarding’ our hard working journalists across Zambia.
What will happen in the event that only scribes from one media house enter the competition? This will no doubt result in biased awarding, thereby lending the prize-giving ceremony unworthy.
MISA Zambia being an independent body should simply take a survey on all the journalists from all media houses in the country both in urban and peri-urban areas and select from the same list after a careful independent examination of their work. This way it will increase confidence among our scribes.
Another case involves STILLMATIC, a Daily Nation newspapers cartoonist who was only awarded with a ‘handshake’; without a cheque while others from different media houses were given ‘something’ in brown envelopes.
I feel this is segregation and it ought to be shown an exit door. It would have been better not even to invite him.
Surely, he came to attend the prize-giving ceremony at night in the midst of suspected ritual killings. This is not fair. Let MISA Zambia explain this.