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PII-ICRC Awards presented

Journalists of The Hindu, The Week and the Greater Kashmir newspaper shared the first three prizes respectively for the competition for the best print article on the theme Violence against Health Care Services and Personnel – Operating in the Face of Danger, organised by the Press Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Anumeha Yadav of The Hindu won the first prize; Mini Thomas of The Week and Imran Muzaffar of Greater Kashmir shared the second prize. The winners were chosen from some 30 published articles short-listed from nearly 40 entries received.

The three prizes were presented at a function held in New Delhi in November, by Mary Werntz, head of Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in New Delhi, and Sashi Nair, director, Press Institute of India, Chennai. The presentation was preceded by a panel discussion on the theme, Violence against Health Care Services and Personnel – Operating in the Face of Danger. It was moderated by P.N. Vasanti, director of the Centre for Media Studies.  The panellists and jury members were Pamela Philipose, director and editor-in-chief of Women’s Features Service, A.J. Phillip, senior journalist, and Jaya Shreedhar, founding member of the Centre for Security Analysis. The awards, in its sixth year, were organised by the ICRC and the Press Institute of India (PII) to recognise articles highlighting a humanitarian concern and published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine.

Pictures show the award winners, a section of the audience, at the India International Centre and Dr Jaya Shreedhar speaking during the panel discussion.