The WAN- IFRA Women in News Editorial leadership award recognises career achievements of women editors who have made an outstanding contribution to their newsrooms.
Presenting the award to Ms Mbewe, Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, WAN IFRA President said the association also recognised the work of the media organisations of the laureates.
And in receiving the award, Ms Mbewe said she was honoured to be recognised by her peers and that also placed a huge responsibility on her to ensure that young journalists who want to learn from her, are well guided
She said journalism is not easy but is the best profession one can think of doing.
Asked how she feels to finally get the award, Ms Mbewe said, “To borrow President Hakainde Hichilema’s words, it feels good to be in the champions’ league.”
She also expressed hope that President Hichilema and his predecessor, Edgar Lungu, can take a leading role in ensuring peace and democracy are maintained.
“Without democracy, journalism gets threatened, but so far we are doing fine as a country.”
Faith Zaba, editor of the Zimbabwe Independent, has been named 2022 Laureate for Africa; Diana Moukalled, co-founder of Daraj Media in Lebanon, has been named 2022 Laureate for the Arab Region; and Regina “Ging” Reyes, Senior Vice President and Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Division of ABS-CBN Corporation in the Philippines, has been named 2022 Laureate for Southeast Asia.