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The Niles #16
The Nile Media Awards Issue

Dominik Lehnert
Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors, and current Nile Basin affairs certainly couldn’t be described as “smooth seas”.
28.09.2021  |  Entebbe, Uganda
A sailor in Egypt’s capital Cairo. (photo: The Niles / Asmaa Gamal)
A sailor in Egypt’s capital Cairo. (photo: The Niles / Asmaa Gamal)

Floods and droughts, environmental degradation, violent conflict, swelling populations, competing interests, and stressed water resources, all compounded by climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, have whipped up turbulent seas.

Reporting on these issues, while upholding journalistic standards like truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability – makes skilful sailors indeed.

This The Niles issue welcomes a range of outstanding journalists into the spotlight: the 25 winners of the Nile Media Awards 2021. Their stories show that if we seek to thrive, and not merely survive, we have to cooperate.

After all, this is the key to navigating today’s rough seas, and hopefully to enable us all to land on safe shores.

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