Senior Editor of The Indian Express Shyamlal Yadav has been conferred with the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication for the year 2013. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan handed him the award here at Samanway Bhawan on Tuesday.
Praising Yadav’s work, Chouhan said he had used the Right To Information (RTI) Act for investigative journalism and unearthed several stories.
He said that journalists must bring the wrongdoings of governments to the fore using innovative ways of investigative journalism and must follow the principle of “Na kahoo se dosti, na kahoo se bair (Friendship with none, enmity with none).” Chouhan also said: “Journalism has given a new direction to the country’s politics. Had journalism not been there, the political scenario would have been entirely different.”
Started in 2007, this award is given every year to one journalist for creative contribution in establishment and promotion of values, searching for truth, working for people, social uplift and independent conscience through journalism. The award comprises Rs 2,00,001 in cash, a citation and memento. Also, it is given not for one story, but for sustained dedication and achievement. He’s the youngest recipient of the award.
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