Journalism Award Current Affairs - 2020

Asia’s Nobel Prize-Ramon Magsaysay Awards cancelled

A Manila, Philippines based foundation that gives out Ramon Magsaysay Award announced that the awards are being cancelled due to COVID-19.

Highlights

The Ramon Magsaysay Award has been cancelled thrice in 6 decades. The awards were cancelled for the first time in 1970 due to financial crisis. It was cancelled again in 1990 due to disastrous earthquake. The award has been named after a popular Philippine president that died in a plane crash in 1957.

About the Award

The award is considered as the Nobel Prize of Asia. It was established in 1957. The Award recognizes and honours individuals that have achieved distinction in their field and help others generously.

The Award has been given in five categories namely journalism, government service, public service, literature and creative communication

Ramon Magsaysay

Magsaysay became the president of Philippines in 1953. The administration years of Magsaysay are cited as Golden Years of Philippines. He was well known for his generosity and agrarian reforms.

The Tribune’s Journalist wins RedInk Award

Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service has bagged prestigious RedInk Award for for Excellence in Indian Journalism ‘Journalist of the Year’ 2019 for her expose during 2018 on functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache.

The Aadhar Expose

Investigation: conducted by Rachna Khaira confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens was at risk of being hacked/traded for a price. The series of sting operations run by journalist helped to raise serious doubts over government claims that Aadhaar data stored on UIDAI servers was safe and secure.

Then later many of the leads provided by her became part of a public interest litigation (PIL), which finally led to troublesome and mandatory aspects of Aadhaar being watered down. She is currently working for The Huffington Post.

About RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism

The Red Ink awards are a set of annual awards which were instituted by The Mumbai Press Club in 2010.

They are bestowed upon an individual in recognition of his/her excellence in journalistic achievements as assessed by a special jury. These award grants national recognition to journalists by a professional body

Other Awardees of 2019

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award– was jointly awarded to two retired senior journalists-

Dinu Ranadive (94) who retired from Maharashtra Times: He covered Goa freedom struggle (1961), Bangladesh war (1970-71) and broke stories on cement scandal (1982).

Sebastian D’Souza, Photojournalist who served as Photo Editor for Mumbai Mirror: He achieved acclaim for his photographs that captured Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008.