NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar named for Ramon Magsaysay Award

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Aug 2, 2019

New Delhi: Senior executive editor of NDTV Ravish Kumar has been named for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize, for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”.

The citation also noted his “unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards”, accoring to a NDTV report.

The prestigious award recognises the “greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia”.

Ravish Kumar has been described as a sober, incisive and well-informed anchor who has been most vocal on insisting that the professional values of balanced, fact-based reporting be upheld in practice. “If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” says the citation.

Ravish Kumar is among the five recipients of the 2019 Magsaysay award. The four other winners are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.

The citation says, “In electing Ravish Kumar to receive the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards; his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence; and his principled belief that it is in giving full and respectful voice to the voiceless, in speaking truth bravely yet soberly to power, that journalism fulfills its noblest aims to advance democracy.”

“In a media environment threatened by an interventionist state, toxic with jingoist partisans, trolls and purveyors of fake news, and where the competition for market ratings has put the premium on ‘media personalities’, ‘tabloidization’ and audience-pandering sensationalism, Ravish has been most vocal on insisting that the professional values of sober, balanced, fact-based reporting be upheld in practice.

Ravish Kumar, who has been aised in Jitwarpur in Bihar and pursued his early interest in history and public affairs at the Delhi University had joined the NDTV in 1996.

Other prominenet Indian winners of the Magsaysay award in the past are RK Laxman, P Sainath, Arun Shourie, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal.

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