Indian journalist and news anchor Ravish Kumar is among the 5 recipients of the 2019 Asia’s premier prize and highest honor, Ramon Magsaysay Award. He has been given the award for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”.
The 44-year-old is NDTV India’s senior executive editor and one of the most popular and influential journalists of India. The award will be presented at an event in Manila on September 9, 2019.
The citation by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation reads, “In electing Ravish Kumar to receive the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards; his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence; and his principled belief that it is in giving full and respectful voice to the voiceless, in speaking truth bravely yet soberly to power, that journalism fulfills its noblest aims to advance democracy.”
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Myanmar’s journalist Ko Swe Win; Thailand’s human rights activist Angkhana Neelapajit; Philippines’ musician Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab; and an activist from South Korea Kim Jong-Ki have also received the honor along with Ravish.