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Ramnath Goenka Awards: Finest in journalism honoured for outstanding contribution

A benchmark for excellence in Indian journalism, the awards this year were handed over by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at an event in New Delhi.

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The 12th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, which celebrate the outstanding work of journalists and their courage and commitment, was held in New Delhi on Wednesday. The award was instituted by The Express Group in 2006 as part of centenary year celebrations of its founder Ramnath Goenka. A benchmark for excellence in Indian journalism, the awards this year were handed over by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at an event in New Delhi. In this picture, Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director of the Express Group, delivered the keynote address and welcomed the chief guest and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. (Express photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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"Freedom of expression should not be trampled upon," Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said, adding that there "cannot be absolute freedom". In this picture, Viveck Goenka presents Venkaiah Naidu with a memento. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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"There should be some amount of regulation but regulation should not become strangulation," Naidu said. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor won the RNG award for his book 'An Era of Darkness: The Age of British Empire in India.' (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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Ravish Kumar of NDTV India, who won the Excellence Award in Hindi broadcast category, Rahul Kotiyal of Satyagrah.scroll.in, who received the award in the Hindi print category, and Reshma Sanjeev Shivadekar of Loksatta, who won the award in the Regional Language category, at Wednesday's event. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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Ritu Sarin of The Indian Express won the award in the Investigative Reporting (print) category. Her colleagues P V Iyer and Jay Mazoomdar shared the honours for their work in the Panama Paper leaks. The winners have been chosen by an eminent jury and scrutinising over 800 enteries. The jury members included former Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna, HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh, former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi and senior journalist Pamela Philipose.

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In the past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former President APJ Abdul Kalam, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former vice president Hamid Ansari, former president Pratibha Patil and former chief justice of India P Sathasivam have been chief guests at the awards. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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The winners of RNG awards pose for a photograph along with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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Guests stand up for the National Anthem at the end of the 12th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2017. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)