Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Indian Express has been awarded the International Press Institute India Award for excellence in journalism in investigative journalism during 2005.

The Institute said the work done by the newspaper to expose the Bihar flood scam as well as the investigation into the missing tiger from Indian wildlife sanctuaries was chosen the best example of furtherance of the public interest by a media organisation during 2005.

The jury noted that reporters Verghese K George (flood scam) and Jay Mazoomdar (tiger investigation) had diligently investigated and followed the two developments to their logical conclusion.

The decision was made by the jury of Editors and Publishers headed by Justice A.S. Anand, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. The members are N. Ravi, Chairman, IPI-India and Editor, The Hindu ; Shobhana Bhartia, Vice-Chairperson and Editorial Director, The Hindustan Times; Philip Mathew, Managing Editor, Malayala Manorama; and M.K. Razdan, Editor-in-Chief, Press Trust of India.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee would present the award here on December 8. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh, a trophy and a citation.