NDTV’s senior journlaist, Ravish Kumar, has been honoured with the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Kumar was honoured the award for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”, the award institution explained.

The Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel, recognises the “greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia”.

“Kumar’s Prime Time show deals with real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people,” NDTV quoted the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation as saying.

“If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” the award citation says.

“Striving for a people-based journalism, he calls his newsroom ‘the people’s newsroom’. He is most vocal on insisting that the professional values of sober, balanced, fact-based reporting be upheld in practice,” it says.

Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea were also honoured with the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award.

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