Sweta Ramanujan wins South Asia IFJ Journalism for Tolerance prize, 2004

Indian journalist wins an award

Sweta Ramanujan (India) won the prestigious International Federation for Journalists (tolerance)award for "Mill On The Loss" which appeared in The Indian Express on November 30, 2003.

The Jury also took special note of her other entry "Bridging the Divide In This Small Town", The Indian Express, December 9, 2003, while coming to their decision.

It is hardest to retain compassion while reporting on communally charged situations and decrying the violation of basic human rights. Yet Ms. Ramanujan’s writings display an outstanding quality of compassion, empathy and respect for human dignity. “Mill On The Loss” is an incisive report on the economic basis of communal hatred. This piece explores the socio-economic roots of communal tension in certain areas of Maharashtra.

Members of the Jury for the International Federation of Journalists for tolerance prize (South Asia) were:

  • Minhaj Barna: Former Press Minister, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations. Former President PFUJ and APNEC, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Suman Chattopadhyay: Executive Editor, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Kolkata, India
  • H.K. Dua: Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune Group of Publications, Chandigarh, India.
  • Mrinal Pande: Editor, Hindustan, New Delhi, India.
  • Jagadis Pokhrel: Associate Editor (Features). The Rising Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sunil Wijesirwardena: Media critic and lecturer at the Sri Palee Campus, Colombo University, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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