The Africa Fact Checking Media Awards, which are sponsored and hosted by the France-based AFP News Agency and the Kenyan-based African Media Initiative, are held annually to award the best three investigative stories produced by African journalists.
AFP Foundation Director Robert Holloway, who announced the winners, said Mr Shalala’s investigative story on the inpact of mining investment on farmers in Zambia was a good piece of journalism worth recognising.
Mr Holloway, said a team of judges decided to award the second prize both to Mr Shalala and Kenyan journalist Victor Amadala because both their stories had a huge impact on society.
Ghanaian freelance journalist Edem Srema walked away with the first prize for his documentary on the illegal mining of gold in Ghanaian water bodies.
On September 25, 2013 Mr Shalala's 12 minutes investigative feature story on the impact on local farmers by multi-national mining investors in Mazabuka and Solwezi, was aired on TV's Morning Live programme.
Last year, the same story was shortlisted for the 2013 African Story Challenge Media Awards but Mr Shalala did not make it among the three winners.
Read the official announcement of the award winner at the Africa Check website: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/
The link to Mr Shalala’s original story is here: http://www.paulshalala.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-impact-of-multi-national-mining.html
The award winning 12 minutes video by Mr Shalala can be watched on this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?