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It was long ago when journalists in India forgot the basic ethics and principles on which journalism works, the residual decency left with them is also gone now. It would not be wrong to say that in a quest to be number 1 they have turned to be creating utter non-sense on the television sets. From screaming at doctors in the ICU to simulating everything be it the death of Sridevi or the battle between Naxals and CRPF personnel by reputed journalists of the self-claimed number one channels the level of journalism has just fallen every day.


While journalism has lost its soul, today’s news brings some relief for aspiring journalists.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">These are the five recipients of Asia’s premier prize and highest honor, the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RamonMagsaysayAward?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RamonMagsaysayAward</a> <a href="https://t.co/HrLG1qVt6L">pic.twitter.com/HrLG1qVt6L</a></p>— Ramon Magsaysay Award (@MagsaysayAward) <a href="https://twitter.com/MagsaysayAward/status/1157122862110502912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The 41- year old Journalist and news anchor of the television show ‘Primetime with Ravish’ have been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the award which recognizes "greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia". The other recipients of this award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.

Here is how twitter feels about an Indian journalist being awarded.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">He ensured that Indian journalism is only 99% sold and not 100%.<br>Ramon Magsaysay ❤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavishKumar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavishKumar</a> <a href="https://t.co/FmOF1UgAIZ">pic.twitter.com/FmOF1UgAIZ</a></p>— Swara (@RoshanSwara) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoshanSwara/status/1157150932922060800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations sir <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavishKumar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavishKumar</a> <a href="https://t.co/1MVKiHroQL">pic.twitter.com/1MVKiHroQL</a></p>— Rajat (@RajatYadav74844) <a href="https://twitter.com/RajatYadav74844/status/1157136290699083777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations Ravish Kumar - The lone warrior and voice of the people of India 🇮🇳<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavishKumar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavishKumar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RamonMagsaysayAward?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RamonMagsaysayAward</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/journalism?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#journalism</a> <a href="https://t.co/DqCbDXw0cc">pic.twitter.com/DqCbDXw0cc</a></p>— Nazre IMAM ☮️ (@nazreimam01) <a href="https://twitter.com/nazreimam01/status/1157139536255705093?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aspiring journalists, please emulate <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavishKumar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavishKumar</a> instead of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArnabGoswami?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArnabGoswami</a> coz like the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RamonMagsaysayAward?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RamonMagsaysayAward</a> states real journalism is 'giving voice to the voiceless' instead of loving the sound of ur own voice. <a href="https://twitter.com/ndtv?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ndtv</a></p>— anupam nair (@anupam_nair) <a href="https://twitter.com/anupam_nair/status/1157130420527362049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arnab right now...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavishKumar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavishKumar</a> <a href="https://t.co/QTUTpqEQj8">pic.twitter.com/QTUTpqEQj8</a></p>— Thakur Sahab (@Angry_Engg) <a href="https://twitter.com/Angry_Engg/status/1157137075050672130?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Journalism in India has fallen to ultimately low, thanks to the news channels being the mouthpiece of the government and the big corporate house. Yes, the media houses are paid, the ownership patterns influence how they work. It was a long ago when we lost hope in Indian journalism. It’s been long when Indian journalists gave us a moment to be proud of. Has this journalist kept our hope alive at least a bit.?

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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