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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced the winners of the John Manyarara investigative journalism awards: a story on how easy it is to buy illegal guns in South Africa and an entry exposing the sale of food to prisoners in Malawi.

Jessica Pitchford of the Special Assignment team of the South African Broadcasting Corporation won the John Manyarara Investigative Journalist of the Year Award for "Guns for Sale", which documented the simple process of buying illegal firearms in South Africa.

Pilirani Phiri of Zodiak Radio, Malawi received the Upcoming Investigative Journalist of the Year Award for his "Food for Sale in Prisons" broadcast. The story unearthed an issue of significant corruption in a state institution: prisoners being sold food in Malawi's Maula prisons.

The John Manyarara awards honour excellence in investigative journalism in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The award is named after judge and founding chair of the MISA Trust Fund Board, John Oliver Manyarara.

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