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KTN Journalist Timothy Otieno nominated for international Award in UK


KTN journalist Timothy Otieno has been nominated for the 2020 Thompson Foundation Young Journalist Award .

This nomination comes after he did a coverage on streets kids during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

“So happy and honoured to have my journalism work recognized by the UK Foreign Press Association! I’m extremely humbled to be shortlisted for this years’ Thompson Foundation Young Journalist Award,” tweet Timothy Otieno.

The annual Thomson Foundation award that is supported by the UK Foreign Press Association received 200 entries from 55 countries where they selected 12 journalists to battle for the Award.

A short description of Otieno’s work by the UK Foreign Press Association reads;

“As the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold across the globe, Kenyan journalist, Timothy Otieno, reports on how lockdowns imperil street children. Few groups are as vulnerable as the children who rely on the streets for food, water and shelter but coronavirus curfews and the closure of eateries and drop-in centres have made access even more precarious. They are also more likely to be caught up in outbreaks in slums, where social distancing and good hygiene are difficult to observe. Just 24 hours after Timothy’s story aired, a presidential directive was issued by Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the street families featured in the report were taken to a government rescue facility”.

Three  finalists will be announced in October and the overall winner will be decided by external judges; British Investigative Journalist, Seyi Rhodes, contributing editor of the Financial Times, John Lloyd, and former editor of the BBC Today programme, Sarah Sands.

The winner will be announced in November.