South Asian Post of Canada gets investigative reporting awardNovember 11th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS
Vancouver, Nov 11 (IANS) The South Asian Post has been awarded the prestigious Jack Webster Award for community reporting, in recognition of its contribution to the very best in journalism in British Columbia.The South Asian Post was awarded the award for reporting on “The Innocent Man” - the story of Sukhwinder Singh, a rickshaw driver in India, falsely imprisoned for rape for nearly four years - a first for a South Asian publication.
A series of investigative stories by the South Asian Post led to the release of Singh, also called Mithu.
“This is a proud day for the community,” said Ashok Das, India’s Consul General in Vancouver at the 22nd awards ceremony at the Westin Bayshore Hotel ballroom here Monday night.
Canada is home to some 450,000 South Asians.
The South Asian Post had been following the story of Mithu and his wife Jassi Kaur since the spring of 2000.
Kaur, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was brutally murdered in Punjab, allegedly at the behest of her family, who disapproved of her marriage to Mithu.
The Post has followed the case for the past eight years, and created a website - www.justiceforjassi.com - to provide a forum for people to express their anguish and indignation over the death of Jassi and her husband’s subsequent persecution.
Mithu finally walked away from jail an innocent man this May.
“This is a momentous day not only for our newspaper, but for the entire South Asian community,” said South Asian Post’s publisher Harbinder Singh Sewak who launched the South Asian Post in Canada’s West Coast in 2007.
“We were up against the best, so this is a great honour,” he said.
“If not for the tireless efforts of our publisher, Mithu would be languishing still in an Indian prison,” commented South Asian Post managing editor Michael Roberts.