Indian journalist wins South Asia IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize
Dionne Bunsha, (India) won the Journalism for Tolerance prize in the 'print category' for "Chains of Pirana", Frontline, 10 September, 2004, as well as other stories.
The jury recognised Ms Bunsha for her outstanding coverage of the Gujarat carnage. Her moving and humane reporting carries a definite message and Bunsha's courage in exposing how the Gujarati media betrayed itself must be commended, said the jury. The piece "Peddling hate" clearly shows how the media even in a democratic set-up can be misused. Ms Bunsha's excellent and hard-hitting series are also exemplary in promoting tolerance, and combating discrimination.
Sharifuzzaman Pintu, Bangladesh and Jagat Nepal, Nepal won in the Language and Broadcast categories respectively. The other Indian finalists in all categories were Anindita Ramaswamy , Paromita Pain and Luv Puri.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize is about promoting tolerance, combating racism and discrimination and contributing to an understanding of cultural, religious and ethnic differences. The winners in the three categories: Print/Online (English), Print/Online (Language) and Broadcast were selected from print, online, broadcast and radio entries in English, Bengali, Tamil, Hindi, Dari, Pashto, Sinhala and Nepali from all over South Asia.