Since 2006, Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards is being presented to those who have done notable contributions in the field of journalism. The award is named after Ramnath Goenka, an Indian newspaper publisher who launched ‘The Indian Express’ in 1932. The awards are given for both print journalism as well as broadcast journalism. Many notable journalists like Kuldip Nayar, Muzamil Jaleel, Ravish Kumar as well as foreign correspondents covering India like Amelia Gentleman (The New York Times International Edition) and others have been given the award. This year the award was presented in eleven different categories to twenty-three journalists. Among them, Shadab Ahmad Moizee (TheQuint.com) got the award by the president in the Hindi category.
Shadab Ahmad Moizee is from Darbhanga, Bihar. He has done his schooling from Bihar itself. Then he moved to Delhi for his further studies. He did his B.A from Indraprastha University and M.A from Jamia Millia Islamia. On a talk over the phone,I asked him if he always wanted to be a journalist. And he agreed to that. He added that “he is a proud Bihari.” His family still lives in Darbhanga and he pays a regular visit to Bihar.
While working for TheQuint.com he covered the ongoing pain of Muzaffarnagar Riot victims and their family after five years of the event. Where he talked to the different families whose family members were killed in the riot but nobody is ready to help them. Nobody is filing an FIR, government authorities are not listening and they have been given the argument that they are not murdered but might be lost.
You can watch the video here:
Around nine hundred stories were nominated under eleven categories where Shadad Ahmad Moizee (broadcast) and Diti Bajpai (print/digital) won the award in the Hindi category. He spent three days in Mujjafarnagar (129 km from Delhi) to cover the video. The uniqueness of his coverage lies in the fact that he picked up the story of the victims where they don’t know what happened to their family members. Five years along the lines and they still hear answers that they are lost.
Let’s hope that his story will bring the focus of our government to the plight of Mujjafarnagar Riot victims. We are proud of Shadab Ahmad Moizee and we congratulate him on his success.