The International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2010 has been conferred on TEHELKA magazine for outstanding journalistic work done during 2009. IPI is an active forum of editors, publishers and senior executives of newspapers, magazines and news agencies committed to promotion of free exchange of accurate and balanced news among nations. The jury comprised former Chief Justice of India AS Anand, N Ram, Editor of The Hindu, Philip Mathew, Managing Editor of Malayalam Manorama, MK Razdan, Editor-in-chief, PTI, and TN Ninan, Editor, Business Standard.
TEHELKA’s former Northeast correspondent Teresa Rehman’s expose of the brutal killing of Chongkham Sanjit by Manipur Commandos on 23 July, 2009 finds a special mention by the jury. Thirteen months after Tehelka’s report, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) went on to charge nine of the accused police commandos for murder.
The IPI-India Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2010, is the latest in a long list of plaudits Tehelka and its reporters have earned in the past decade. Just two weeks ago, our principal correspondent Tusha Mittal was awarded the 2010 Press Institute of India and Red Cross award for Best Article on Humanitarian Issues.
Instituted in 2003, IPI India journalism award have been earlier conferred to Indian Express, NDTV, Outlook Magazine and The Week magazine. The jury did not find suitable entry for the award in 2005 and 2008.