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Charles Mafa


I am the managing partner and founder of the Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism (ZCIJ) - a not-for-profit media initiative aimed at promoting and improving investigative journalism. The project is in its initial stage. Environmental coverage forms part of our key areas of interest, hence the need to apply for consideration to attend this conference so that we can establish partnerships and engage possible funders. 

I was part of the United States 2016 Edward R. Murrow Fellowship Programme for journalists. In the same year, I emereged finalist in the African Fact-Checking awards. The award honours the best investigative fact-checking carried out by journalists – reporting that exposes misleading claims made by public figures across the continent.

Gifted with varied skills, I have several awards for my work, among them the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) overall best journalist award. I also scooped four other awards in 2016 - best environment reporting, best energy, best aviation reporting and best environmental columnist. In 2007, In 2011 I won the World Bank second best Zambian investigative reporting prize and earned myself a three-month internship at the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism in South Africa. In 2007, I directed and produced a television documentary (Through my eyes) which won the 2007 CNN Multichoice Award for the best HIV/AIDS coverage in Africa.

My recent previous work was with the defunct Bulletin and Record (Zambia’s foremost current affairs and business magazine) where I was Associate Editor and ran a column on the environment. In my previous job, I worked as video cameraman, editor and script writer and rose to the position of Production Manager – the position I held for seven years and produced excellent results.

In 2015, I investigated the impact of lead on the citizens of Kabwe town (see attached story). It is through my persistence reporting that the World Bank responded by supporting another remediation programme in this town which is described by United Nations and Blacksmith as one of the world’s ten most polluted cities. I currently write a weekly - environmental column in one of the daily local newspapers – The Voice.

Area of Environmental Journalism Interest
Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cities, Environmental Health, Policy, Journalism Skills
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Freelance Journalist and Founder of the Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism
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Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism
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