Kashmiri journalist wins award for humanitarian reporting

Srinagar: Kashmiri journalist Pervez Majeed has bagged this year’s best ‘humanitarian reporting award’ from International Committee of the Red Cross and Press Institute of India.
Pervez won the ICRC-PII award for his reporting about the youth of Kashmir “Valley’s Wonders” published in English weekly ‘Sahara Time’ magazine. He is among the four winners in print media category who were selected for the award in an all India competition by the jury of eminent journalists comprising Pamela Philipose, Sreekumar Varma and Ranjona Banerji. The theme of this year’s competition was “Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Armed Violence.”
Sohini Chattopadhyay of ‘Open Magazine’ won the first prize, Lakshmi Subramanian of ‘The Week’ second while as Pervez along with Sumir Karmakar from ‘The Telegraph’ shared the third prize. In the Best Photograph category, photojournalist Pattabi Raman won the second prize while the third prize went to Manob Chowdhury of The Hindu. The first prize in the Best Photograph category was not awarded this year.
“This award is recognition of the efforts of journalists everywhere who report pro-human. For me, it is also a tribute to the youth of Kashmir who have come out of the trauma of the violent past and overcome the odds,” Pervez, who was accompanied by his wife, said while receiving the award.
Congratulating the awardees, Mary Werntz, head of the ICRC delegation for India, Bhutan and the Maldives said the aim of the award is to motivate members of the media community to walk that extra mile to narrate untold stories.
Sashi Nair, director PII said that at a time when the credibility of the media was being repeatedly questioned, it was heartening to know that there were committed young journalists devoted to the larger social cause.
Surinder Singh Oberoi, head communications of the ICRC said the annual award competition has been established in 2008 in an effort to recognize the work of Indian journalists in the field of humanitarian reporting.
Noted Indian journalist, columnist and author Prem Shankar Jha presented the awards to the winners in a function held at India International Centre in New Delhi. The award carries cash prize, certificate and memento.