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Indian journalist Ravish Kumar has been awarded the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.

About the award:

  • Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour and is internationally-recognized as the Nobel Prize counterpart of Asia.
  • It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine president after whom the award is named, and is given every year to individuals or organisations in Asia who manifest the same selfless service and transformative influence that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.
  • It is given regardless of race, creed, sex, or nationality to individuals or organisations who have achieved distinction in their respective fields and have helped others generously without anticipating public recognition. 
  • The awards have traditionally been given in five categories: government service; public service; community leadership; journalism, literature, and creative communication arts; and peace and international understanding.