Wits Justice Project scoops Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year award second year in a row

Ruth Hopkins – Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year 2012

We are proud to announce that the Wits Justice Project has won the Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year award for the second year in a row. Our senior journalist, Ruth Hopkins, yesterday won first prize for her insightful series of articles on criminal justice issues.

Our other senior journalist, Carolyn Raphaely, was first runner-up for her articles on torture. Carolyn won this prestigious award last year.

The Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award, founded in 1999, recognises outstanding work in the field of legal journalism. The purpose of the award is to promote journalistic work in print, radio and television that promotes the public’s understanding of South African law.

Webber Wentzel senior partner David Lancaster said: “The outstanding level of entries this year confirms that quality journalism is thriving in South Africa”.

The articles for which Ruth won her award were in two categories. The first two look at the scourge of TB in our prisons and how it has affected both the inmates and their families.

1. “Sisters probe TB scourge in prison” http://mg.co.za/article/2012-04-13-sisters-probe-tb-scourge-in-prison which appeared in the Mail & Guardian and

2. “SA prisons: hotbed for spread of TB inside and outside” http://www.journalism.co.za/index.php/wjpnews/5064-sa-prisons-hotbed-for-tb-inside-and-outside.html  which appeared in the Saturday Star

The second category was the systemic failures which cause unreasonable delays in finalizing cases.

1. “Incarcerated since 2007 – but trial hasn’t progressed” http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/incarcerated-since-2007-but-trial-hasn-t-progressed-1.1255807 Which appeared in The Star, show the consequences of court delays,

2. “Who is watching the lawyers?” (with Grethe Koen) http://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/who-is-watching-the-lawyers-1.1328182 which appeared in the Saturday Star

Ruth and Carolyn’s awards are evidence of the high quality of work we seek to produce at the Wits Justice Project. Well done to our senior journalists! You have made us very proud.

The official Webber Wentzel communication is available at: http://www.webberwentzel.com/wwb/content/en/ww/ww-in-the-news?oid=37955&sn=Detail-2011&pid=32722

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