The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar presented the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman in New Delhi on 7 January 2020. The award acknowledged the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
The award marked a new trend to recognize the endeavour of media organizations that it should go beyond news, views, and advertisements, and work in mission mode for the benefit of society.
Thirty awards were presented under three categories:
♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.
♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television.
♦ 11 awards will be given under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.
The Ministry of I&B instituted the first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) in June 2019. It aimed to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga. The award will consist of a medal, plaque, trophy, and a citation. The winners were selected by a jury, consisting of 6 members who assessed the entries for the award. The jury was headed by Justice C. K. Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India.