The main objective of the Trust is to propagate the values that Prem Bhatia stood for: objective reporting, fearless pursuit of the truth and a commitment to improvement in the standards of journalism in this country. To further this objective, each year the Trust, gives two Awards – Outstanding Political Reporting of the Year, and Outstanding Environmental Reporting of the year – decided by independent juries specially constituted for this purpose.
The Award are presented annually on August 11, at a function which also features a lecture by an eminent personality on a topical subject. The 20 lectures to date have included distinguished speakers such as Dr Karan Singh, Dr M S Swaminathan, the late Prof A M Khusro, Justice Venkatachalliah, Soli Sorabji, Prof Deepak Nayyar, Prof Dipankar Gupta, the late Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, Prof Zoya Hasan, Ashok H. Desai, K.S. Bajpai, Prof Gowher Rizvi, Prof Ashok Mitra, Ayesha Siddiqa, Chandrashekar Das Gupta, Shiv Shankar Menon, Dr Y V Reddy, Shyam Saran, T N Ninan, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, all of whom have enlightened the audience on various political, economic and social events in the country.
In addition, the Trust’s activities have included publication of two books of Prem Bhatia’s writings: Witness to History and Reflections Along a Political Journey. In addition, an anthology of essays in honour of Prem Bhatia, which deals with key issues confronting the media, entitled The Indian Media: Illusion, Delusion and Reality, edited by Asha Rani Mathur has been published. This was followed by another anthology in 2013, on Journalism-Ethics and Responsibilities, edited by Seema Mustafa.
It is a matter of pride for us that the Trust seeks to improve professionalism in the world of the media, by encouraging impartial reporting and helping to raise levels of social and political awareness in all matters that concern us as citizens of a free and democratic country.