Ramnath Goenka Awards highlights: Journalism should be without fear and favour, says President

Ramnath Goenka Journalism Awards highlights: President Ram Nath Kovind was the chief guest at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards that was held in New Delhi on Monday. Speaking at the event, President Kovind said journalism should be without fear or favour and its fundamental commitment should be to truth above all else.

"In the din of the 'breaking news' syndrome that has consumed the media now, this fundamental principle of restraint and responsibility has been undermined substantially. Fake news has emerged a new menace, whose purveyors proclaim themselves as journalists and taint this noble profession," President Kovind said.

"It is a difficult challenge to sustain good journalism and also remain profitable. A section of the media has then taken recourse to entertainment in the name of news. Stories exposing great social and economic inequalities are ignored, and their place is taken by trivia," Kovind further said.

From stories told from jungles deep inside Bastar that often get lost in the State vs Maoists binary to those that tracked rising instances of sexual assault on minors; from some of the biggest newsbreaks of the year to investigations that highlighted gaps between claims and numbers -- these are some of the works from 2018 that were rewarded.