AP staffers win Indian journalism awards

Journalists Katy Daigle, left, and Yasin Dar pose for a picture after receiving the Ramnath Goenka Excellence Award in Journalism, in New Delhi.

Journalists Katy Daigle, left, and Yasin Dar pose for a picture after receiving the Ramnath Goenka Excellence Award in Journalism, in New Delhi.


Two Associated Press journalists are among the winners of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, India’s most prestigious, for work exposing the public health and environmental damage done by the country’s asbestos industry and capturing the devastation of last year’s floods in the Kashmir region.

New Delhi-based Correspondent Katy Daigle, who manages the AP’s text report in South Asia, received the foreign correspondent award for her 2014 series on asbestos. Srinagar-based photographer Yasin Dar won the photojournalism award for his work capturing the floods that swamped large parts of Kashmir.

The awards were presented to Daigle and Dar by India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi recently.

Daigle’s series focused on how asbestos, a largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, is still going strong in India and other developing countries, making products aimed mostly at the poor. Though India banned asbestos mining decades ago, it’s the world’s biggest asbestos importer, and the $2 billion industry has at least 100 manufacturing plants. Even abandoned mines exact a heavy toll on Indian health because no cleanup work has been done.


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