HumAngle Journalist Bags Global Journalism Award Nomination

A data and open-source intelligence report by HumAngle’s GIS expert, Mansir Muhammed, exposing the burial sites of victims of the Nigerian military’s extrajudicial killings in Maiduguri during the peak of the Boko Haram crisis was among the 52 selected for the Sigma 2024 awards.

Mansir Muhammed, a journalist with HumAngle Media, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sigma 2024 awards competition. 

He was selected for his investigative report titled ‘Finding Nigeria’s Forgotten Mass Graves Through Satellite Data’. It was published on Sept. 18, 2023, alongside an extensive investigation by HumAngle’s investigations lead, Kunle Adebajo, on the victims of extrajudicial killings and clandestine mass burials by the army.

The investigation was done and published in collaboration with New Lines Magazine.

Mansir, a senior GIS/OSINT specialist at HumAngle, with expertise in leveraging information technology, geographic research, open-source data, and visualisation techniques, used satellite imagery and other open-source intelligence to reveal the burial sites of victims of extrajudicial killings during the counterinsurgency operations in North East Nigeria between 2012 and 2018.

While 591 submissions were received from journalists representing 322 organisations across Africa, Asia, and Europe, only 52 projects from 22 countries were shortlisted for the Sigma awards competition. 

HumAngle’s report, alongside Looted Forest by Infocongo, a Cameroonian publication, were the only two from Africa.  

The international competition which celebrates the best data journalism around the world also empowers, elevates and enlightens the global community of data journalists.

The winners of the Sigma 2024 Awards will be announced in March, and they will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

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