Dainik Bhaskar’s Anand Choudhary wins Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award
Dainik Bhaskar News Group reporter Anand Choudhary has been shortlisted for the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2019 for Hindi.
“There were a lot of quality entries and the competition was tough. After a rigorous evaluation process, our panel of eminent experts selected your work for this prestigious award instituted on behalf of the iconic founder of The Indian Express Group, who has dedicated his life to fostering and nurturing courageous and unbiased reporting, and good writing. », We read in a letter from Viveck Goenka, president of the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation, in Choudhary.
He further added that the awards would be presented at a ceremony to be held next year, “tentatively in March, taking into account government guidelines for holding an award ceremony on the ground.”
Choudhary was shortlisted for the award for uncovering a history of human / child trafficking in rural Rajasthan, where children were sold as labor for factories, according to a statement from the DB Group.
“Our reporter and his team of photographers and others have spent over 15 months on this story which uncovered a human trafficking ring that flourished in three tribal districts of Rajasthan adjacent to the border with Gujarat. This story has been rigorously studied by our team for continued follow-up and has directly saved the lives of more than 120 children, ”the statement read.
The statement also added that as a direct result of history, a special investigation unit for crimes against children and women has been established in every police district in the state.
“Following the exhibition, Rajasthan police launched a special campaign on January 1, 2020 and have rescued over 1,000 children to date,” he said.
Meanwhile, Choudhary said, “Dainik Bhaskar has created the right environment in which we can flourish and spend meaningful time at Ground Zero, not only to follow the story, but also to bring it to its logical conclusion. I am proud to be associated with such an organization and I humbly accept the award. This honor is an added joy for the lives of the children we have been able to save and, hopefully, for the countless more lives that will be saved through our history. “