Madhyamam Editor V.M. Ibrahim has been named for Theruvath Raman Award 2021 for the best editorial by Calicut Press Club. The award is for the editorial titled ‘Manushyatvam Kurisherumbol’ (when humanity is crucified) published in the Madhyamam newspaper on July 6, 2021.
The editorial dealt with the custodial death of Stan Swamy, who was hunted by the state for his work on behalf of tribal and Dalit communities in India. The jury judged that the editorial touched the hearts of readers, incorporating facts and analysis of the case which made the article remarkable.
The jury of the award comprised senior media personalities P. Sujathan and P.S. Nirmala along with prominent media observer Dr. Sebastian Paul, said press club president M. Firoz Khan and Secretary P.S. Rakesh. The award consists of a cash prize of `10,000 and a certificate, and was instituted by the family of Theruvath Raman, editor of the popular newspaper Pradeepam, in his memory.
V.M. Ibrahim started working as an assistant executive editor in Madhyamam in June 2001. He was also the executive editor of Gulf Madhyamam. He was appointed editor of the paper in 2021. A master’s degree holder in Urdu, Ibrahim has to his credit works, ‘Chekuthanum Choonduviralum’ and a translation work ‘Theerthadakante kanavukal’.