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The Indian Express gets the first IPI India Award

16-February-2004
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The Indian Express gets the first IPI India Award

In recognition of its “fearless and comprehensive” reporting of the Gujarat riots and the aftermath, The Indian Express has been chosen for the first IPI India Award for Outstanding Work in Journalism. The coverage has been described as “the best example of furtherance of public interest by a newspaper.”

The announcement was made on Sunday by the Indian chapter of International Press Institute (IPI), the Vienna-based global forum of editors, publishers and senior executives from the media.

The jury, headed by Justice A S Anand, chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), chose

The Indian Express for its coverage of the “Gujarat Riots and the Aftermath of the Tragedy” from among 24 entries from print, electronic media and individual journalists.

The award, which carries Rs 2 lakh, a trophy and a citation, will be presented by Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta at a function on February 23.

IPI India had instituted the annual award to recognise and honour the best work done by an Indian media organisation or journalist in furtherance of public interest, including safeguarding the freedom of the press and other freedoms such as human rights.

Founded 53 years ago in New York by a group of editors from 15 countries, IPI has grown into a global organisation committed to the furtherance and safeguarding of the freedom of the press.

It has also been in the forefront of safeguarding the freedom of the press through protests to governments and organisations against any violation of press freedom and restrictions imposed on the free flow of information. The Indian chapter has successfully hosted the World Congress and General Assembly of the IPI in India in 1966 and 2001 and is taking up various issues related to press freedom.

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