Tag Archives: Pulitzer Prize

Coming soon: a Nationalist Editors Guild, not “seeped in an ethical and idealistic world of journalism”

Nothing is more galling for a reporter or an Editor—or a “reporter’s editor”—to be accused of not doing her job as expected by her employers, promoters and their puppeteers. Amazingly, that is exactly what the Editors Guild of India is being accused of. When, in fact, it has been the first organisation in the world…

Only ‘The Telegraph’ and ‘Deccan Chronicle’ have AP photographers in Kashmir winning the Pulitzer Prize on page one. For most of the rest, it is routine news. Any wonder India is No. 142 on World Press Freedom index?

There has been nearly nothing to celebrate for Kashmiris, or at least for Kashmiri media, after they were confined to their own homes on 5 August 2019, without phones, without wifi and without the internet. The Coronavirus lockdown on top of their own lockdown only compounded the misery. Naturally, the prestigious Pulitzer Prize being awarded…

Only ‘The Telegraph’ has the courage to buck the law (and political correctness) to publish the chilling Reuters photo of ‘Rambhakt Gopal’, the “teenager” who shot at Jamia Millia students

*** Delhi Police initially put the age of “Rambhakt Gopal” at 19 before a marks sheet magically produced by a “news agency” showed the gunman who shot at Jamia students as being 17 years old began doing the rounds. That has been sufficient for all but one prominent newspaper to mask the identity of the…

In Jammu & Kashmir, is there a deliberate design to delegitimise photo and video journalists, and to remove them from the scene of action?

Keeping accreditated journalists out of government events and government offices, under one ruse or the other, has become such a norm in State after State that it barely attracts any more than momentary attention. But when six accomplished journalists are kept out of the Republic Day function in Jammu & Kashmir, a state the Narendra…

Has Indian media aided ban on Gandhi book?

VINUTHA MALLYA writes from Ahmedabad: The ban masters are back in business. And as usual, vibrant Gujarat leads the way, but this time the Centre is not too far behind. Narendra Damodardas Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat and renowned terminator of artistic freedom, has just announced the State’s “ban” on the book, Great Soul:…

Would our media spend Rs 20 lakh on a ‘junket’?

A PTI story estimating US President Barack Obama‘s India trip at $200 million a day prompted CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to do some number-crunching, and elicited a column from Pulitzer prize winning New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman, and a response from PTI editor-in-chief M.K. Razdan. Now, the Indian Express has a diary…

‘The only award I want to win is from my readers’

It is routine to hear super-achievers claim that the ultimate stamp of approval of their achievement comes when they are recognised and rewarded by their peers and compatriots. Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman, in a discussion with the editorial staff of the New Delhi-based Indian Express, strikes a…

Coffee Day is right: a lot can happen over coffee

Look, what a cartoon strip can do! The federation of coffee growers in Colombia is planning to sue Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist Mike Peters for at least $20 million over this Mother Goose and Grimm strip, which they say damages the reputation of Colombia coffee by associating it and its symbol “Juan Valdez” with organised…

‘Like a pineapple you have to have a 100 eyes’

Dith Pran, who served as interpreter to the New York Times‘ Sydney Schanberg during the Cambodian genocide under Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, has passed away in New Jersey at the age of 65. Dith’s relationship with Schanberg, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, formed the basis for the Rolland Joffe film The…