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pulls it off yet again, for the fourth time to be pre­cise. Jeemon Ja­cob, TE­HELKA’s Bureau Chief (South), was con­ferred the States­man Award for Ru­ral Re­port­ing 2011 (Third Prize), in Kolkata on 16 Septem­ber. Jeemon had writ­ten about the deadly, mu­ta­tive ef­fects of the still-not-banned pes­ti­cide, en­do­sul­fan, which was forc­ing women to abort their foe­tuses ( Weep­ing Wombs of Kasar­god, 7 May 2011). Around 1,000 peo­ple have died in the past seven years due to the pes­ti­cide, and 4,600 suf­fer from chronic dis­eases. The award ci­ta­tion stated: “At a time when jour­nal­ists are more wor­ried about bot­tom lines than mak­ing head­lines, Ja­cob clings to the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of jour­nal­ism — be­ing fear­less even in the face of dan­ger.”

Jeemon Ja­cob re­ceiv­ing the States­man Award from Threety Irani at the Kala Mandir, Kolkata

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