Dainik Bhaskar has been awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for its extensive coverage of the under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The awards were instituted in 1995 in memory of Prem Bhatia, who was a diplomat and an eminent journalist.
Digital magazine Bastian’s Vaishnavi Rathore also won the Prem Bhatia Award for “wide-ranging coverage of environmental degradation issues and displacement of Adivasis.”
A press release issued by the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust, stated, “The main objective of the Trust is to propagate the values that Prem Bhatia stood for: objective reporting, fearless pursuit of the truth and a commitment to improving the standards of journalism in India.”
Past winners of the award include Raj Chengappa, Neerja Chowdhury, Suhasini Haider, Praveen Swami, Rajdeep Sardesai and P Sainath, among others.