ST wins Asian award for coverage of New Delhi gang rape

SINGAPORE - The brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi and her courageous battle for survival last December touched the hearts of people around the globe, especially in Singapore.

Doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital fought to save her but she died from severe organ failure as a result of her injuries.

The Straits Times stayed with the story right from the start, providing minute-to-minute updates and cross-bureau coverage.

On Wednesday night, The Straits Times was awarded the Silver in the Best in Editorial Content/Breaking News category at the 12th Asian Media Awards.

Its team comprised India correspondent Nirmala Ganapathy, 40, photographer Desmond Lim, 31, journalist Jalelah Abu Bakar, 26, and assistant foreign editor Nilanjana Sengupta, 38.

"When something significant like this happens in Asia, The Straits Times will be there to bring the story home to our readers in Singapore and beyond," said Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez.

"Our Straits Times team of correspondents in Singapore, India and around the region stayed with it throughout, filing not only for our print edition, but also for our main site, and our Asia-focused ST.Asia Report."

Foreign editor Ravi Velloor said: "Nobody who has a daughter or a sister can fail to be moved by it."

He accepted six awards on behalf of Singapore Press Holdings in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The other awards were:

Silver for the Best in Photo- journalism/Feature Photography: Straits Times photojournalist Nuria Ling, 26, won with her shot of a two-year-old boy abandoning his balance bike to push his paraplegic father's wheelchair.

Gold for the Best in Community Service: It went to the ST Schools team, which produced a teachers' handbook, 48 Values From The News: The Straits Times Guide To Building Character.

Silver for the Best in Editorial Content/Breaking News: The New Paper won for its story on Mr Michael Palmer's shock resignation as Speaker of Parliament over an extramarital affair.

Gold for the Best in Newspaper Marketing for the 2012 revamp of My Paper.

Bronze for the Best in Design/Magazine Overall Design for ICON Singapore.

The annual Asian Media Awards is organised by Wan-Ifra, which represents over 33,000 publications and websites worldwide.

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