“I feel strongly that as a journalist my role is to tell the stories of people I have met, especially those who suffer various forms of violation. I would like to help people know what their rights are – to investigate shortfalls and fill the accountability gap that exists between commitments and actions by those who govern us.”
As a young man growing up in
Zambia, I always had a strong interest in the media – and I got my
first “break” volunteering for a community radio station shortly after leaving
In 2011 I scooped second prize in a World Bank sponsored national awards for
Zambian journalists – which in turn secured me a three-month placement at The
Mail and Guardian’s Centre for Investigative Journalism in South Africa, where I had various investigative stories published in the Mail and Guardian Newspaper and local media (You can sample some of these stories on this link: http://mg.co.za/author/charles-mafa).