Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh presented the prestigious Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism -2009 at a glittering award ceremony in Delhi on June 6, 2011. The ceremony was also attended by BL Joshi, Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
The Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism – 2009 was awarded to the team of ‘The New Crusading Guide’, a daily newspaper from Ghana, West Africa for their stories on Ghana’s Madhouse and Chinese Sex Mafia. The winning team comprised Anas Areneyaw Anas, Mary Fianko Akuffo and Selease Kove- Seyram, who received a sum of $11,000, a trophy and individual medals and certificates from the Prime Minister. In addition, seven outstanding stories received a special merit award for their work.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated Rajasthan Patrika’s initiatives and commended them. He also spoke about media’s responsibility towards the nation and said that it was the duty of the media to promote constructive issues which were important for all countrymen, especially the socially and economically backward classes.
BL Joshi, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, said that Rajasthan Patrika had always strived to inform, educate and entertain, not just the people in Rajasthan, but of the entire Hindi heartland. He acknowledged that the newspaper had always been true to their ideals and has encouraged honest journalism.
Gulab Kothari, Editor, Patrika Group, observed that it had been a matter of great pride and honour for him and every body at the Patrika Group that despite all the threats, challenges, temptations, Rajasthan Patrika had stood its ground and stayed true to the ideals instilled by its founder Karpoor Chandra Kulish.
Anas Areneyaw Anas, Mary Fianko Akuffo and Selease Kove- Seyram - a team of journalists from The New Crusading Guide, Accra, Ghana won the award for their investigative story campaigns titled ‘Undercover inside Ghana's Madhouse’ and ‘Undercover inside the Chinese Sex Mafia’.
Merit Awards: Seven outstanding stories have been selected for merit awards:
Farzi Khate from Hindustan, Lucknow
Kerala Yatra from Malayala Manorama, Kottayam
Inspired India from Hindustan Times, New Delhi
42 Harassed many in Jail from The Indian Express, New Delhi
The Priest with the Midas Touch from Deepika Daily, Kottayam
Prisoners of Ignorance and tradition from La Opinion, Los Angeles
Missing Person of Balochistan from Daily Jang, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
The Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award was instituted in the memory of Karpoor Chandra Kulish, the founder of the Patrika Group in 2007 and has a different theme every year. It aims to recognise exceptional contributions by journalists that have been published in a daily newspaper, consistent with the award theme. The stories are assessed on team work, ground investigation and impact. The theme for this year’s award was ‘Inclusive Development’.
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