Lectures by Fukuoka Prize Past Laureates :Do we need a new journalism in the era of corporate media? —Telling the stories of Climate, Inequality and Justice in 2023 —

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Mr. Palagummi Sainath is a passionately committed journalist who has continued to report 'rural stories' from impoverished Indian villages.
In a rapidly changing world, the social role of journalism is once again being questioned.
How can we tell the world about the climate crisis and the movement for social and economic justice?
He will talk about new journalism for the people, based on his own activities.
Everyone is welcome to attend, including students from Kyushu University, the general public, and other students.


Date 2023/10/21 13:00 ~ 2023/10/21 15:00
Venue JR Hakata City 10F Large meeting room
Capacity 100 people
Language English



People's Archive of Rural India Founder Editor
The 31st Fukuoka Prize Grand Prize Laureate

1957 Born in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), India
1977 B.A. History, Loyola College, Madras
1979 M.A. History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
1980-82 Sub Editor, United News of India
1982-93 Deputy Chief Editor , and ForeignEditor, Blitz group of Publications
1982-86 Foreign Editor at The Daily, Mumbai(till 1986, a part of the Blitz group)
1993-2004 Full-time rural reporter, freelance
2000- Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
2004-14 Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu
2011 Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) honoris causa, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2012 the McGraw Professor of Writing, Princeton University, U.S.A.
2014 FoundedPeople’s Archive of Rural India
2014- FounderEditor, People’s Archive of Rural India
2015 Visiting Professor South Asian Studies Program Princeton University
2017 Doctorate (honoris causa) a D.Litt., the University of St. Francis Xavier, Nova Scotia, Canada
Mr.Palagummi Sainath has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.), the University of Iowa, Curtin University (Australia), The University of Western Ontario (Canada). He still teaches regular courses at the Sophia Polytechnic and the Asian College of Journalism in India.

[Major Awards]
1993 The Sri Raja-Lakshmi Award for Journalism
1994 The Statesman Prize for Rural Reporting
1995 European Commission's Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism
1995 People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL ) Journalism for Human Rights Award
2000 The inaugural Amnesty International Global Human Rights Journalism Prize
2000 BD Goenka Prize for Excellence in Journalism
2001 The United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organisation's Boerma Prize
2002 Global Visions Inspiration Award
2004 Prem Bhatia Memorial Prize
2006 The Harry Chapin Media Award
2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism,Literature and Creative Communication Arts
2009 Journalist of the Year, Ramnath Goenka Prize for Excellence in Journalism
2014 The inaugural World Media Summit Global Award for Excellence
2022 the 19th Upendra Nath Brahma Soldier of Humanity Award 2022


JR Hakata City 10F Large meeting room
(1-1, Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka)
For details on access to the venue, please see the following website.
Access guide | JR HAKATA CITY/AMU PLAZA HAKATA official site (transer.com)

Fukuoka Prize

Fukuoka has since antiquity played a significant role as Japan’s gateway for exchanges with the rest of the Asian region. With its unique history in mind, the Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 through the collaboration of the City Government, academia and private businesses in order to contribute to peace, and to further understand the extraordinary cultures of the Asian region. Since then, many laureates with distinguished achievements throughout most of the Asian region have been awarded the Prize.
◆Fukuoka Prize website◆
Fukuoka Prize (fukuoka-prize.org)