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General News of Monday, 27 January 2020

Source: African Heights Foundation

Nominations open for 2019 Article 19 Press Prize

Deadline for submission is April 30, 2020 Deadline for submission is April 30, 2020

African Heights Foundation in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has opened nominations for the maiden edition of Article 19 Press Prize.

The Article 19 Press Prize aims at rewarding young and mid-career journalists with exceptional skills in reporting on criminal justice issues from a constitutional and human rights perspective.

It also seeks to encourage law and judicial reforms through the evaluation of the impact of the justice system on the lives of ordinary citizens and the larger society especially the poor and marginalised.

Ghanaian journalists, media organisations and citizen journalists with works on criminal court trials, law enforcement and correctional institutions are encouraged to apply.

Entries for the prize should be in English or in a Ghanaian language with English translations, targeted at Ghanaian audiences.

The winner of the 1st prize gets GH¢10,000, 2nd prize, GH¢6,000 and 3rd prize, GH¢3,000 along with a plaque and a certificate of honour.

In a communique, the organizers stated: “The project seeks to put the spotlight on the court process by awakening the conscience of the general public to the injustices of the judicial system in order to encourage reforms-for non-custodial sentences in appropriate cases; amicable settlement of disputes; eradication of archaic criminal offences; witness protection; expeditious determination of cases; and the eradication of wide judicial and prosecutorial discretion in the criminal justice system.”

Entries must have been published or broadcast after March 6, 2019 and entrants must not be above 40 years of age.

All entries including links to online publications with a supporting statement of not more than 500 words should be sent to

The deadline for submission is at midnight April 30, 2020.