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wins IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award
Media Council of Zimbabwe
May 07, 2013
a Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) Board Member has been
awarded the 2013 International Women’s Media Foundation’s
Lifetime Achievement Award.
IWMF Machirori, who as the first black female editor of a newspaper
in Zimbabwe has represented unprecedented achievement for women
in finding their place in a post-colonial landscape.
the second IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Zimbabwe,
following Peta Thornycroft who won the award in 2007.
In 2002, another
Zimbabwean journalist Sandra Nyaira won the IWMF Courage in Journalism
acted as a mentor to other women throughout her career and has faced
down critics for her incisive reporting.
her work in journalism in 1963 as a cadet reporter for the African
Daily News, a nationalist newspaper based in Harare (then Salisbury,
under colonial rule), after sending the paper “letters to
the editor” while she was in high school.
During her early
years with the African Daily News, Machirori was the only woman
on the staff at any level. Later, she occupied editing positions
at The Chronicle and The Financial Gazette.
currently a freelance journalist and columnist for The Daily News
and also sits on the committee of the Federation
of African Media Women in Zimbabwe (FAMWZ).
In 1988, when
Machirori was leading the news team as news editor, The Chronicle
published “The Willowgate Scandal”, an investigation
into corruption among high-level members of ruling party Zanu-PF.
in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented
at ceremonies in New York on October 23 and in Los Angeles on October
Founded in 1990,
the IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and
representative without the equal voice of women. IWMF celebrates
the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression
to speak out on global issues.
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