LA’s Spanish Newspaper Earns Belated Accolade in India

If the Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Awards are any indication, the business of print journalism kudos moves at a slower pace in India than it does in the U.S.

Seven 2009 merit prizes were announced this week by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, and included a series from that year published in La Opinión. “Prisoners of Ignorance and Tradition,” a three-part, three-month investigation by reporter Claudia Núñiez, was all about a disenfranchised segment of the American prison system:

More than 20,000 indigenous Mexicans, most of whom do not speak Spanish or English, are serving out sentences in U.S. prisons and are lost in a system that they do not know or understand.

It’s a great series, translated into English by Marvelia Alpízar. The Indian award takes its name from late pioneering journalist Kulish, remembered for his fearless reporting in the region of Rajasthan.