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Regional journalism's role in exposing injustice

Ronke Phillips with cameraman Bill Jones with their Amnesty International award Credit: ITN

Ronke Phillips says,

"I am absolutely thrilled to have won a prestigious Amnesty International Award for the second year running.

"You don't have to travel the world to find human rights abuses. The case of Kristy Bamu - who was murdered in London as part of a belief system that has its roots in the Congo - is a prime example of the most horrific abuse happening on our doorstep.

"This award confirms regional journalism has as much a role to play in exposing injustice as national and international news."

Award won for piece on witchcraft trial

It's the second year in a row Ronke has won the award. This year, it was for her piece on the horrific murder of a 15 year old boy killed by his sister and her partner, they believed, to protect another child from evil spirits.

A West African born couple were found guilty of torturing and murdering Kristy Bamu and were jailed for life in March last year. The judge at the Old Bailey said the case had been so harrowing the jury would be exempted from any further service for the rest of their lives.

Ronke Phillips travelled to the Congo with African Religion expert Dr Richard Hoskins, to investigate the origins of the belief system which cost Kristy his life and its connection to London.

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