The Indian Express Group has announced the on-ground return of the Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
The 16th edition of the awards is scheduled to take place on March 22, 2023, in Delhi.
The ceremony will be graced by CJI DY Chandrachud, the Chief Justice of India, presiding over it as the Chief Guest.
Established in 2005 as part of the centenary celebrations of its founder, Shri Ramnath Goenka, these awards recognise journalists from both print and broadcast media who have demonstrated exceptional strength of character and integrity while reporting news under challenging or dangerous circumstances.
Ramnath Kovind, the former President of India, was the chief guest at the 14th edition of the award ceremony held in 2020.
Through the years, the event has been graced by various distinguished guests, including current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, former Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu, former Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley, former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Vice-President Hamid Ansari, former President Pratibha Patil, and former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, amongst others.
Viveck Goenka, Chairman and MD of the Indian Express Group, added, "The Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism are intended to preserve the credibility of media reporting and encourage public trust in the media. The awards pay tribute to journalists who exhibit the highest standards of their profession, even in the face of political or economic pressures. This year’s ceremony will felicitate the winners of both 2019 and 2020, as the winners for 2019 were announced digitally due to the pandemic."
The jury for the 2019 awards included Justice BN Srikrishna, jurist and former judge of the Supreme Court of India; Tom Goldstein, professor and dean of the Jindal School of Journalism and Communications at OP Jindal Global University; Dr SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India; and Pamela Philipose, journalist and senior fellow at the Indian Council for Social Science Research.
The jury for the 2020 awards included Justice B.N. Srikrishna, jurist and former judge of the Supreme Court of India; Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar, founding dean of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd); Dr SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India; and KG Suresh, Vice-Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal.