New Delhi: Once again, it’s time to honour the agents of change who stop at nothing to fight for their rights and of those around them. IBN Network, in partnership with Idea Cellular Ltd, is back with the fifth edition of the Citizen Journalist Awards, a path-breaking initiative that has empowered the Indian citizen.
Promoting the principles of inclusive journalism, these awards honour individuals who are determined to uncover the truth, expose injustice, change the system, and in the process, help create a better India for themselves and their countrymen.
The Citizen Journalist Awards adheres to a stringent selection process where the IBN Network Editorial Board shortlists the nominees in the first phase basis their stories featured on the IBN channels and/or on the CJ microsite www.ibnlive.com/cj. The IBN Network team then deliberates on the nominees, before reaching a majority decision on the winners.
Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “The CJ initiative has become a mass movement that has seen a lot of participation from across the nation. The Citizen Journalist Awards is a salute to all those citizens, who have taken the responsibility to fight for a better life for their countrymen.”
Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, “Our attempt through these awards is to recognize the brave citizens who have raised their voices against injustice and anomalies in the society.”
Enumerating about the award, Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN-Lokmat, said “We are proud to announce the fifth edition of Citizen Journalist Awards. With each edition, our fight against injustice grows stronger along with the fight of the common man.”
This year, the Citizen Journalist Awards will be given under four categories:
• Fight for Her Rights – This category will recognise women CJs who are fighting for justice and their right to live a life of dignity
• Citizens Against Corruption – This category will recognise CJs who are fighting for a corruption-free India
• What an Idea Sirji – This category will recognise CJs who have come up with innovative ideas to bring about a change
• CJ Video & CJ Photo – This category will recognise those alert CJs who captured a crime, an illegal activity or rules being flouted in the form of videos and pictures
The prestigious award ceremony will be held on 2nd March, 2013.