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India: The Caravan wins humanitarian reporting award

12-10-2012 News Release 12/203

New Delhi (ICRC) – The first prize of this year's All India Journalist Competition for the best print media article on humanitarian issues has gone to Rohini Mohan contributor to The Caravan magazine. Ramachandrareddy Patil of The Week Magazine took second prize, while Supriya Sharma of The Times of India and Soma Basu of The Statesman shared third prize.

"Reporting on conflict casualties is by no means a matter of headcounts; it is about human beings, their lives and their stories of human suffering, and we thank all the journalists who submitted their articles and helped give a voice to important issues and to people who often remain unheard," said Mary Werntz, head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in New Delhi.

The winning articles were chosen from 45 published reports short-listed from nearly 80 entries in the competition. The four prizes were awarded at a function held today at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi after a panel discussion on the theme of this year's competition: "Reporting on the fate of victims of armed violence – Humanitarian stories."

H. K. Dua, a member of parliament and senior journalist, was the moderator and chief guest; the panellists were jury members Pamela Philipose, director of Women's Features Service, Amitabha Roychowdhary, senior editor at the Press Trust of India, and M. Gandhi, a professor at Jindal Law School.

The awards, which have now been bestowed for five years running, were instituted by the ICRC and the Press Institute of India for articles published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine in English or any of the Indian languages.

The ICRC is a nearly 150 year-old international organization working in more than 80 countries to preserve a measure of humanity amid violence. The Press Institute of India, which is about 50 years old, endeavours to uphold the standards of journalism in India through research and training programmes.

For further information, please contact:
Marek Resich, ICRC New Delhi, tel: +91 97 1130 9561
Surinder Oberoi, ICRC New Delhi, tel: +91 98 7179 8386
V. Murali, Press Institute of India Chennai, tel: +91 98 400 93 131