Bhubaneswar: Eminent TV journalist Ravish Kumar won the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s Nobel prize, for contribution to journalism.
He is among 5 persons declared winners of the prestigious award for this year. The other winners included Myanmar journalist Ko Swe Win, Thailand’s human rights activist Angkhana Neelapajit, Philippines’ musician Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab and South Korea’s social activist Kim Jong-Ki.
The 44-year-old Kumar is currently working with India’s leading news channel NDTV as the Executive Editor.
The award citation described Kumar as one of India’s most influential TV journalists.
Kumar’s “Prime Time” programme “deals with real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people”, the award citation said.
“If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” it added.
Kumar is also the author of the book “The Free Voice – On Democracy, Culture and The Nation”.
The awards will be presented to the winners on Sept 9, 2019, in Manila.