Ramon Magsaysay 2019 awardees, from left; Filipino Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab, Thai Angkhana Neelapaijit, Indian Ravish Kumar, Burmese Ko Swe Win and South Korean Kim Jong-Ki pose during ceremonies in Manila, Philippines Monday. -AP
The Indian media is in a state of "crisis" which is not accidental or random, but systemic and structural, prominent Indian journalist Ravish Kumar said here on Monday as he received the prestigious 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.
Ravish Kumar, 44, is NDTV India's senior executive editor and one of India's most influential TV journalists who has been reporting real-life and under-reported problems of ordinary people, said the award citation by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
"The Indian media is in a state of crisis and this crisis is not accidental or random, but systemic and structural. Being a journalist has become a solitary endeavour...It has become all the more important to evaluate the crisis in the media," he said."While I am happy for myself today, I am also filled with sadness looking at the state of profession I represent," Mr. Kumar said.
Ravish Kumar was among five individuals who were declared winners of the award, which is Asia's highest honor and celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from the Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.
As uncompromising journalists find themselves being forced out of their jobs by news organizations and those corporate owners are never questioned, nevertheless it is heartening to see still some journalists who continue to put their lives and careers at risk to practise honest and meaningful journalism, he said in his speech.
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