Testimonials

Testimonial by Dr. Wambui Kiai, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi

I was privileged to serve as a Resource person for the Investigative Journalism Fellowship Project of AfriCOG. I was struck by the innovativeness of the project, which steered away from the tendency to provide generalist training.

Testimonial by Wachira Waruru, Managing Director, Royal Media Services Group

Investigative Journalism is an essential component of the media industry. It draws attention to public interest issues, informs public debate and more importantly, spurs society into positive action.

AfriCOG's Investigative Journalism Fellowship is undoubtedly a timely venture. It provides journalists with the opportunity and resources to highlight issues of corruption as they take on a social responsibility that many tend to shy away from.

Testimonial by L. Muthoni Wanyeki, Executive Director Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Columnist, the East African

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)'s investigative journalism fellowship not only acknowledges the centrality of investigative journalism to accountability and transparency but also, more importantly, the limited capacities and resources available for the same within Kenya's media.

Testimonial by Mutegi Njau, Associate Editor,CITIZEN TV, Member, Editors' Guild and Member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Washington DC)

The importance of investigative journalism in Kenya and the rest of EA cannot be over-emphasized. I liked the idea by AfriCOG of identifying crucial subjects for investigations such as the Mau Forest rip-off story that I dealt with; assigning a journalist to work on it and then having it published in the local media. The Philippines has a very strong NGO sponsored investigative outfit headed by one Sheila Solomon.

Testimonial by Otsieno Namwaya, Fellow, AfriCOG Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Reading through the newspaper advertisement calling for applications to the investigative journalism fellowship, the idea looked eye catching, yet so easy to ignore. In the words of some of my professional colleagues that I consulted, what would any experienced journalist gain from such a programme?