PUCL Bulletin, May 2004

P.K. Prakash


23 rd PUCL Journalism for Human Rights Award:

P.K. Prakash was educated at Ernakulam, Kerala and has been working as a Staff Reporter with Madhyamam Daily since 1998.

His reports on Muthanga tribal lands are exhaustive and show how the Chief Minister of Kerala was forced to take action. He also wrote on Kidney Racket in Kerala, atrocities and torture concerning prisoners of Aluva Sub-jail, and illegal viagra experiments on new born babies in Kochi and has shown exemplary skills in sensitizing journalism.

He has also done revealing and courageous reporting on various environmental issues regarding sandalwood smuggling and encroachment of forest area in Ernakulam and Idukki districts.

Through his scholarly reporting on the tribal agitation in the forest area of Waynad in Kerala, he has shown his flair for investigative journalism and painstaking research work. By giving a day-to-day graphic account of the events he has brought an issue of great human rights significance into public focus and thus has served the cause of human rights of marginalized people.

The jury selected him for the PUCL Journalism for Human Rights Award for the year 2003 for his outstanding contribution in furthering the cause of human rights.

Varghese K. George
Special Mention

Varghese K. George was educated in Delhi at the Delhi University and the Jawahar Lal Nehru University. He did his M.A. in Modern Indian History and M. Phil in International Studies, specialising in neo-liberal economic reform and its implication for democratic governance.

He worked with Centre for Science and Environment and with tehelka.com. After joining Indian Express in 2003 he has done extensive reporting in Bihar on issues of great public importance such as female foeticide, atrocities on Dalits, human rights violation in jails, criminalisation of politics, etc.
He has also done investigative reports on Satyendra Dubey murder case and embezzlement of Railways funds by politicians.

His writings present an excellent example of professional competence, social commitment, and personal courage.

The jury of the twenty-third PUCL Journalism for Human Rights Award for the year 2003 named Varghese K George, Principal Correspondent, Indian Express, Patna for Special Mention for his commitment to the cause of Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

Y.P. Chhibbar, General Secretary K.G. Kannabiran, President
People’s Union for Civil Liberties
March 23, 2004 Nainital

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