NDTV senior journalist Ravish Kumar has won Asia's Nobel award Ramon Magsaysay for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless and his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards. It is among the highest honours in the region.
He is among the five recipients of the 2019 Magsaysay award.
The citation describes the journalist as a sober, incisive and well-informed anchor. "If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist," it says.
KoSwe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea are the other recipients of this award.
"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," says the citation by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
"In a media environment warned by an interventionist state, toxic with jingoist partisans and purveyors of false 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," it adds.
The foundation referring to Ravish Kumar's news programme "Prime Time" says, "Striving for a people-based journalism, he calls his newsroom 'the people's newsroom'. He is most vocal on insisting that the professional values of sober, balanced, fact-based reporting be upheld in practice."
The senior journo has been with NDTV since 1996 and he hailed from Jitwarpur in Bihar. He pursued study history and public affairs at the Delhi University. Ramon Magsaysay Foundation acknowledges, "He does not balk at calling the highest officials to account or criticizing media and the state of public discourse in the country; for this reason, he has been troubled and warned by rabid partisans of one kind or another."
"Welcome Ravish to the club of Magsaysay awardees and hope to see his brave journalism go from strength to strength in these difficult times," Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.