Prestigious Ramnath Goenka Journalism Award for Dheeraj Mishra and Seemi Pasha for reporting on The Wire


The Wire Hindi reporter Dheeraj Mishra and freelance journalist Seemi Pasha have been given the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Journalism Award in the ‘Digital Media’ and ‘Broadcast Media’ category for the year 2019 in the Governance and Politics category respectively. This is the second Ramnath Goenka Award for The Wire Hindi reporter in a journey of four years.

Dheeraj Mishra and Simi Pasha. (Photo: The Wire / Twitter)

New DelhiThe Wire Hindi reporter Dheeraj Mishra and independent journalist Seemi Pasha have been honored with the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award. The award has been given for the year 2019 in the ‘Digital Media’ and ‘Broadcast Media’ category in the Governance and Politics category respectively.

The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, instituted in 2006, are considered one of the most prestigious honors for journalists in India.

Dheeraj Mishra has received this award for the report made on the expenses incurred by the MPs in the name of study tour, ‘The MPs spent crores of rupees on the study tour in violation of the rules’.

According to the rules, MPs and officials on study tours have to make use of government services, as well as a fixed number of such tours is fixed annually, the said report quoted information received through RTI application that many parliamentary committees have not Not only went on tours more than the stipulated number of times, but lakhs of rupees were spent on booking big five-star hotels, expensive food and commuting vehicles to stay.

Dheeraj told that he had sent 30 to 35 RTI applications in many ministries, after which the report was prepared collecting the information received.

Announcing the award, the Indian Express said that ‘this report had a significant impact as the Lok Sabha Secretariat had [ऐसे] Instructions were given for speedy reduction in expenses.

Seemi Pasha has been given this award for a video story done keeping Jamia Nagar in Delhi at the center. The area was made a target of communal hatred after demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in late 2019. The hatred towards this area increased when the Delhi Police brutally lathi-charged the students of Jamia Millia Islamia in December 2019.

After the stories of police brutality with the students surfaced, all the blame was put on ‘outsiders or locals’ who lived in the nearby Batla House, Shaheen Bagh, Zakir Nagar. These areas are generally known as Okhla or Jamia Nagar.

In this documentary titled ‘Inside Jamia Nagar’ by Seemi, very important questions were raised. The documentary questions that ‘this Muslim ghetto of South Delhi is often viewed with suspicion, but what is the reason, what kind of people live here?’

It is noteworthy that this is the second Ramnath Goenka Award received by The Wire Hindi reporter in a journey of four years.

Earlier, Amit Singh, who was a senior correspondent of The Wire Hindi, was given this award in the year 2017 in the category ‘Best Hindi Journalism – Print’ for his ground report on Jammu and Kashmir Police ‘Why being a policeman in the valley is the most difficult job’ Was.

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