A Capuchin priest has been awarded the Honesty Award for the year 2013 for journalism.
Jacob Kani, editor-in-chief of Indian Currents weekly, was conferred
the ‘Honesty Award 2013 for Journalism’ at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on
Dec 30, 2013.
According to a press statement, the award has been
given to him in recognition of honest, fearless and courageous stand
taken by him as a journalist and editor of the weekly over the years.
Awards are established by the Honesty Foundation, Goa that is founded
by Bernardo De Sousa with the intention of “recognizing and awarding
every act of honesty in all walks of life.”
The Foundation had
been awarding honest students in the past years. It introduced the award
for honest journalism for the first time in 2013.
received a citation and cash prize of 30,001 rupees during the annual
“Knit India” program organized by the Universal Solidarity Movement
(USM) founded by Fr. Varghese Alengaden.
The statement said
that the priest through the publication has been waging a relentless
battle against corruption, religious fundamentalism and growing
communalism in the country.
Whenever the country faced the
onslaught of religious fundamentalism and communal tensions, Indian
Currents came out courageously and strongly against such forces and
ideologies, while adhering to the values of truth, justice and peace.
More specifically, Indian Currents was in the forefront to expose those
behind the violence in Kandhamal, it added.
In September 2012, Fr. Kani received the Bennet Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism in New Delhi.
Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) honored Indian Currents in
December 2013 for “fearless journalism” as the weekly completed 25 years