KATHMANDU: Journalists duo Rudra Khadka and Arjun Oli have been conferred on the Barbara Adams Investigative Journalism Award-2018. The award carries a purse of Rs 100,001.
Khadka and Oli both working with the Nagarik daily were awarded in recognition to their effort to expose the irregularities surrounding the Sikta Irrigation Project. Khadka and Oli were awarded jointly.
Similarly, the Barbara Adams Foundation has honoured journalist Makar Shrestha with Rs 25,000 cash prize in a gesture of motivation for coming up with an investigative report on the irregularities and wrongdoings in the Parliamentary Secretariat.
Born in New York City in 1931, Barbara Adams came to Nepal in 1961 and lived here until her death on April 22, 2016- two days short of her 85th birthday. She was a journalist and writer.
A journalist and writer, Adams instituted the Barbara Adams Investigative Journalism Award on May 16, 2013 with the endowment fund of $10,000 to promote investigative journalism, and through it, good governance and democratic norms and values.
The Foundation selected the winners from 53 applicants. Khadka from Kathmandu and Oli from Nepalgunj had submitted copies of series of published 45 news stories relating to the irregularities and anomalies to this national pride project located in the mid-western region.
The Award was handed over to the journalists duo by the State-3 Chief Anuradha Koirala amid a programme organized by the Foundation.
Koirala underscored the need to continue the investigative journalism. She was of the view that the lessons about good conducts should be incorporated in the curriculum of the social studies in an effort to eliminate the widespread corruption and irregularities in the country.
Similarly, former Chief Election Commission Bhojraj Pokharel, delivering his remarks, argued that adherence to ethical code was essential to achieve the economic agenda. Stating that austerity was the first step towards practicing ethical code, he spoke of the need to forward the campaign encouraging people towards it.
Awarded Khadka, receiving the Award, said that the Award had made him more responsible and pledged to further pursue his journalism career more professionally. Stating that reporting first-hand about the 45-kilometre of canal being constructed under the Sikta Project was very challenging, he said that Award had paid off the risk taken to bring to fore the facts.
Foundation Vice-President Dr Chandra Prasad Pokharel hoped that the Award would further encourage investigative journalism in Nepal.
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