One of Sierra Leone’s brilliant and outstanding upcoming journalists, Rachel Horner on Wednesday 8th October 2008 won herself another accolade when she was awarded by Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) for her outstanding performance and undisputable beneficial contribution to the field of investigative and human rights reporting in Sierra Leone.
The award ceremony which saw other local journalists been awarded for various contributions was held at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown and the guest of honour was the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma.
Rachel Horner is a reporter of the Concord Times Newspaper and Secretary General of Women in the Media Sierra Leone who has over the years been very vocal as far as human rights and women’s issues are concerned.
Rachel’s meaningful contribution in the field of journalism is not only recognized locally but also internationally as she was recently selected to attend an international conference on Global Investigative Journalism in Norway.
It is also of significance to note that Rachel Horner is the first and only Sierra Leonean journalist who had been selected to attend this forum in Norway which lends credence to her outstanding and uncontested position in the field of journalism in Sierra Leone.
In a telephone interview last night with Rachel Horner, she expressed happiness over such an accolade considering the fact that she was the only female among five awardees.
“This has inspired me to do more and I will not relent in pursuing human rights and women’s issue for as long as I live,” she said, adding that its high time people started changing their negative perceptions about female journalists as they can even do better.
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