Mangaluru, April 11, 2015: Senior Journalist and former Mangaluru bureau chief of Kannada Prabha Kannada daily Chidambara Baikampady’s facebook post on selection criteria of Karnataka Media Academy’s annual awards and special award goes viral on social media and attracted comment from none other Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s Media Adviser Dinesh Ameen Mattu.
Baikampady has questioned the criteria behind the selection of journalists for awards instituted by the Media Academy and discussed how Bangalore based small times journalists are able to grab awards from Kempegowda awards to Rajostva awards. Since 2005 his name was doing rounds as intimated by Mysore based Andolana daily editor Rajshekhar Koti but nothing happening for the last ten years. Three years back Mangalore based journalist Ibrahim Adkastala had took Baikampady’s bio-data voluntarily to send it the Academy, noted Chidambara in his facebook status.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s Media Adviser Dinesh Ameen Mattu comments
“I am not airing my view because of not figuring my name in the awardees list”, he pointed out.
Within six hours of posting this status more than 70 fb friend pressed like button and more than 42 people, including senior journalists posted comments in support of Chidambara. The comments ranged from word of empathy with the journalist to style of function of Media Academy and nomination of Chairman for the journalist body.
Some journalist is also noted that non selection for the award is a greatest felicitation for hard working sincere journalist.
Chidambara, a polymer technician trained in Karnataka Polytechnic Kadri, a seasoned political correspondent initially polished under veteran journalist Vaddarse Raghuram Shetty in now defunct Mungaru and later he joined Kannada Prabha.