‘Outlook’ magazine has bagged the coveted International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2007. The magazine was chosen by the India Chapter of IPI for its investigative journalism during 2006.
The work done by ‘Outlook’ to expose the leak of sensitive information from the Indian Navy’s war room, and the bungling in the purchase of submarines for the Navy was chosen as the “best example of furtherance of public interest by a media organisation”, said a press release from the IPI India Chapter.
The decision was made by a distinguished jury of editors and publishers headed by Justice S Anand, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Other members of the jury were N Ravi, Chairman of IPI India, and Editor of ‘The Hindu’; Philip Mathew, Fellow of IPI and Managing Editor of ‘Malayala Manorama’; M K Razdan, Editor-in-Chief of PTI; and T N Ninan, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Business Standard’.
The jury noted that the magazine had continuously investigated these two subjects of high public importance; kept constant focus on the developments and the high pressure reportage led to a criminal investigation. “The magazine’s reporters had diligently investigated and followed the two developments to their logical conclusion,” the jury observed.
“We see this award as recognition of the very fine work that we had done; especially the Navy war room leak case and the bungling in the purchase of Scorpene submarines. Our correspondent Saikat Dutta investigated and kept a constant watch on the activities. We did it in the old fashioned way and did not venture into modern sting operations. We are very satisfied with the work as criminal cases had been lodged against a lot of people,” said Vinod Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Outlook Group.
Speaking on the achievement, Maheshwar Peri, President and Publisher, ‘Outlook’, said, “It is a fantastic experience. It is the best feeling to investigate on a story and have it on our cover page. Though we have eight-10 cases lodged against us, we went forward and did the story, and that is what is important.”
The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a trophy and a citation.