David Hundeyin has emerged winner of the People Journalism Prize for Africa along with Hopewell Chin’ono of Zimbabwe on 11th February 2021.
Currently on self-exile, David Hundeyin was selected for his Investigative Piece that exposed the draconian regulations and pointed out potential human rights violations in the proposed Infectious Diseases Bill that was in consideration by Nigeria’s House of Representatives during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lock down.
The bill seeking to replace the Quarantine Act with a Control of Infectious Disease Act that quickly passed first and second readings at the House of Representatives in April, is causing outrage in Nigeria was immediately put on hold after NewsWireNGR investigations.
The bill, ‘Control of Infectious Disease, 2020’, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, seeks a penalty of between ₦200,000 and five million Naira as well as jail terms for violators, rather than the ₦500 fine from the previous Quarantine Act.
The People Journalism Prize for Africa (PJPA) is a public service journalism award that recognizes outstanding journalists and citizen reporters in Africa, whose work have resulted in positive change and impact in the society.