Outlook to receive IPI award for investigative reporting

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) 'Outlook' magazine has been awarded this year's International Press Institute (IPI), India Chapter, Award for Excellence in Journalism for its high pressure investigative reports on Indian Navy's War Room leak case during 2006.

''The work done by Outlook to expose the leakage of sensitive information from the India Navy's War Room and also the bunglings in the purchase of submarines for the Indian Navy has been chosen as the best example of furtherance of public interest by a media organisation during 2006,'' IPI said in a statement here today.

The jury, comprising distinguished editors and publishers and headed by Justice Dr A S Anand, 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 jury said.

The award, comprising Rs two lakh, a trophy and a citation, will be presented at a function here next month.

IPI had instituted the annual award in 2003 to recognise and honour the excellent reporting done by an Indian media organisation or journalist working in print, radio, TV or Internet, in furtherance of public interest, including safeguarding of freedom of the press and human rights.

The first award for Excellence in Journalism, 2003 was given to Indian Express for its reporting of the Gujarat riots and its aftermath.

The second award was given to NDTV in 2004 for its expose of the baby swapping racket in Hyderabad and the corruption trail of the Telgi stamp scam.

While no award was given in 2005, the 2006 award was given to Indian Express for its investigations of the Bihar flood scam and vanishing tigers.


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