Dainik Bhaskar group will get Prem Bhatia Award for Covid reporting

The group of Dainik Bhaskar, which had extensively coated the under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, has gained the Prem Bhatia Award for excellent political reporting.

Vaishnavi Rathore of The Bastion digital journal gained the environmental and developmental reporting award for her “wide-ranging coverage of environmental degradation issues and displacement of Adivasis,” the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust mentioned in an announcement.

The Dainik Bhaskar group’s newspapers had reported extensively from totally different states about underreporting of Covid demise within the second wave from April to June. In July, the Income Tax Department raided the group’s proprietor’s residential and workplace premises throughout 32 areas in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi. The division had later alleged that the group had evaded taxes price Rs 700 crore and indulged in cyclical buying and selling of Rs 2,200 crore, violated inventory market rules and arrange a number of firms to guide “bogus expenses” and siphon funds.

The awards had been instituted in 1995 within the reminiscence of Prem Bhatia, who was a diplomat and an eminent journalist. “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,” the assertion mentioned.

Former winners of the award embrace The Indian Express Executive Editors P Vaidyanathan Iyer and Ritu Sarin, Dipankar Ghose and Sankarshan Thakur for his or her work with The Indian Express, and Nirupama Subramaniam, Raj Chengappa, Neerja Chowdhury, Suhasini Haider, Praveen Swami, Rajdeep Sardesai and P Sainath, amongst others.