The IPI Award for Excellence its Journalism 2007 has been awarded to Outlook magazine for its investigative journalism work during 2006.
In a press release, the India Chapter of the International Press Institute announced that the work done by Outlook to expose the leakage of sensitive information from the Indian Navy's War Room and also the bunglings in tile purchase of Submarines for the Indian Navy was chosen as the best example of furtherance of public interest by a media organisation during 2006. The Jury noted that Outlook had continuously investigated these two subjects of high public importance, kept constant focus on the developments and the high pressure reportage led to a criminal investigation. The magazine's reporters had diligently investigated and followed the two developments to their logical conclusion.
The decision was made by a distinguished jury of Editors and Publishers headed by Justice Dr A.S. Anand, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. The member of the jury are Mr. N Ravi Chairman, IPI India & Editor, The Hindu; Mr. Philip Mathew, Fellow, International Press Institute, Vienna & Managing Editor, Malayala Manorama; Mr M.K.Razdan, Editor-in-chief, Press Trust of India; and Mr. T.N. Ninan, Editor in Chief, Business Standard.
The Award would be presented at a function in New Delhi during December 2007.
The award comprises cash prize of Rs Two lakhs, a trophy and a citation.
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 mediums. In furtherance of public interest, including safeguarding of freedom of press and other freedoms such as Human Right. The first award for Excellence in Journalism, 2003 was given to Indian Express for its reporting of the Gujarat Riots and its aftermath and second award for Excellence in Journalism, 2004 was given to NDTV for its expose of the baby swapping racket in Hyderabad, and the corruption trail of the Telgi stamp scam. The Jury did not find any entry eligible for the Award of Excellence in Journalism in 2005. In 2006, the award was given to Indian Express for its Investigations of the Bihar flood scam and vanishing tigers.
The Indian chapter of the IPI is an active forum of Editors, Publishers and Senior Executives of newspapers, magazines and news agencies, all of whom are members of the International Press Institute. The Indian Chapter has successfully hosted the World Congress and General Assembly of the IPI in India in 1966 and 2001, and is taking up various issues related to Press Freedom.
Founded 57 years ago in New York by a group of editors from 15 countries, International Press Institute has grown into a truly global organisation committed to the furtherance of the freedom of press. Vienna-based IPI is committed to promotion of free exchange of accurate and balanced news among nations. It has also been in the forefront of safeguarding the freedom of the press through protests to governments and organisations against any violation of press freedom an restrictions imposed on the free flow of information.
For IPI India
S. Sachidanananda Murthy