Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha and Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, died while reporting in Afghanistan in July, will be awarded the top two RedInk Awards by the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday. While Jha will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Siddiqui will be awarded Journalist of the Year, posthumously.
The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism will be presented by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana practically on Wednesday evening, who will also deliver the opening speech.
Established by the Mumbai Press Club ten years ago, this is the tenth edition of “peer recognition for writing excellence and good journalism,” the Mumbai Press Club said in a statement. .
âThe Mumbai Press Club presented the coveted RedInk Lifetime Achievement Awards to senior journalist and author Prem Shankar Jha, 83, for his long and distinguished career as an incisive and analytical writer. In addition to holding senior positions in the writing of several dailies and periodicals, Mr. Jha is the author of more than a dozen books on Kashmir, China and other subjects, âthe statement added.
Jha has held senior positions in several national newsrooms across the country, including Financial Express, Hindustan Times, and Times of India, in the past.
Regarding Siddiqui, according to the statement, he was the chief photographer for Reuters in India who was killed on July 15 while on duty in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded Journalist of the Year – 2020 “for his array of hard-hitting investigative and news photography, ranging from the Rohingya and anti-CAA protests to Covid-19 and the civil war in Afghanistan” .
Siddiqui received the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reportage photography for his work documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis. He was killed while caught in crossfire between the Taliban and Afghan special forces in Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan. The incident happened before the Taliban took control of the country in August.
The Mumbai Press Club mentioned that the virtual awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening, during which the final winners of the top reporting nominations in 12 award categories will also be announced.