India Post today released a commemorative stamp on noted journalist K.M. Mathew.K. M. Mathew (January 2, 1917 – August 1, 2010) was a former Editor in chief of leading Malyalam daily Malyala Manoorama. He joined the newspaper as Managing Editor in 1954 and went on to become Editor in chief in 1973. Mathew launched many publications such as the women’s magazine Vanitha in Malayalam and Hindi, the English magazine The Week, the farmer’s magazine Karshakasree, children’s magazines Balarama, Amar Chitra Katha and Kalikudukka in Malayalam and Magic Pot in English and encyclopedic Manorama Yearbook in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil and Bangla .In 1998 he received Padma Bhushan. He has received many other awards including Foundation of Freedom of Information Award (1991), National Citizen’s award (1992), Ramakrishna Jay Dayal award (1995), Durga Prasad Chaudhary award (1996) and B D Goenka Award (1996).
Mathew has served as chairman of Press Trust of India, President of the Indian Newspapers Society , Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations, Vice-president of Indian Language Newspaper Association, founder trustee and chairman of Press Institute of India as well as the Research Institute for Newspaper Development. He was a member of the Press Council of India, wage boards for working journalists and non-journalists and Central Press Advisory Committee. He was also on the executive committee of the Federation of International Newspaper Publishers and Editors, France.