Updated: February 28, 2012 16:35 IST

Aman Sethi wins ICRC award

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The Hindu's Chhattisgarh correspondent, Aman Sethi, has won the International Committee of the Red Cross award for the best Indian print media article on humanitarian issues.

His article on three Chhattisgarh villages ruthlessly torched by police commandos in March 2011 was selected as the best of nearly 80 entries from across the country. About 300 homes and granaries were burnt in the five-day police operation which left three men dead, and three women sexually assaulted. Based on interviews with eyewitnesses and police sources, Mr. Sethi's coverage spurred the local administration to probe the incident and send aid to the affected villages.

At the ICRC awards presented on Wednesday at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here, Tehelka's Umar Baba took the second place, while the third prize went to Reji Joseph of Rashtra Deepika and the consolation prize to Anup Sharma of The Times of India.

While Mr. Sethi took home a cash award of Rs. 50,000, the second and third prize winners were given Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 respectively.

The function was preceded by a panel discussion on the theme “Media Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Armed Violence,” moderated by National Commission for Minorities chairman Wajahat Habibullah.

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So happy to read Aman Sethi getting this award. I have been reading his reports since he started, I guess. He is one true journalist giving us a true account of what is really going on inside the Chattisgarh forests where the security forces are pitted against the Maoists. He is one great reporter unlike those government stenographers who double up as 'journalists'. Sethi's reports are objective. He neither demonizes nor glorifies the Maoists. And is brave enough to report the excesses of the security forces. Here's wishing him more strength.....

from:  FIROZ
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 21:41 IST

Well Done Hindu and Aman Sethi.

from:  Kalyani
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 17:35 IST

Congrats Aman!!!! I remember, I had read those articles............

from:  Prakash Trivedi
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 12:20 IST

congratulations.....well done..

from:  leela
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 12:09 IST

Congratulations to Aman Sethi and The Hindu. Keep up the good work, Mr. Sethi. And keep rewarding such talent, The Hindu. And we will keep buying The Hindu.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 10:40 IST

Congrats to the winners and all those who bring unnoticed to the fore.

from:  kartik
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 08:36 IST
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