Well-known television journalist Karan Thapar has won the International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism. Thapar has been chosen “for his sharp interviews on ‘Devil's Advocate’ on CNN IBN”.
The selection was made by a distinguished jury of Editors and Publishers headed by Justice AS Anand, former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.
The jury members included N Ravi, Chairman, IPI India and Director, The Hindu; MK Razdan, Editor-in-Chief, Press Trust of India; TN Ninan, Chairman and Chief Editor, Business Standard; and Riyad Mathew, Senior Assistant Editor, Malayala Manorama.
IPI India had instituted the annual award in 2003 to recognise and honour the best work done by an Indian media organisation or journalist working in print, radio, television and internet media in furtherance of public interest, including safeguarding of freedom of the press and other freedoms such as Human Rights.
The first award for Excellence in Journalism (2003) was given to Indian Express for its reporting of the Gujarat Riots and its aftermath. In the second year of its inception, the award was given to NDTV for its expose of the baby-swapping racket in Hyderabad and the corruption trail of the Telgi stamp scam.