Women journalists India 2021, who grabbed the headlines with their work

Women Journalists India 2021: Journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia received the Nobel Peace Prize this year for their fight for freedom of expression and the promotion of peace through their work. They focused on journalists who survive and tell truths from the streets to those in power.

The year passed in turmoil in India and it was the moment when parts of the Indian media were applauded for their coverage of the crisis caused by pandemics such as deaths, migrant problems, shortage of vaccines. , crimes against women, among other reports. They have also been criticized for doing convenient journalism and harassing people already in distress.

We’ve seen many female reporters take the initiative to tell stories on the ground, whether it’s reporting on a rape case in Hathras, where a Dalit girl was raped by upper caste men and then cremated without parental permission, or community violence in Tripura. These women journalists did not fear the state and were simply advancing the truth.


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Here are just a few of those women journalists who have been applauded in 2021 for their work in journalism:

Samriddhi K Sakunia and Swarna Jha

The HW News reporter duo were arrested by Tripura police for reporting vandalism at the Tripura mosque. Police alleged they reported false news that spread community discord and created tension in the region and even in Amravati in Maharashtra. They were arrested on November 15 of this year and were reportedly harassed. But both and their media organization held on. The Supreme Court subsequently dismissed the charge against them under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act.

Meena Devi

Khabar Lahariya, India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women, was followed by early directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh in the documentary film Write with fire. It won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The film features a group of Dalit women, led by their chief reporter Meera Devi as they go. digital of the print version to stay afloat in the digital age of journalism.

Ismat Ara

Ismat Ara won the Laadli Award in the Investigative Web Reporting category for his reporting on the Hathras gangrap case. She wrote an article on the forensic examination of the deceased woman. In her report, she questioned the UP police about their Claim that no gangrap had taken place. She did her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia. In 2017, she joined Hindu, then wrote for various publications like Newslaundry, BBC Hindi, Firstpost and now The Wire.

Mariyam Alavi

She reports for NDTV, a media organization. In November of this year, Mariyam Alavi and Sreenivasan Jain of the same organization won the Award for Excellence in Journalism from the International Press Institute of India. They won it for their report on the revelation of “the untruth of the cases of forced conversions” that were recorded. vs men from the Muslim community who married women from the Hindu community in Uttar Pradesh. According to the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, Alavi is originally from Kerala but grew up in Saudi Arabia.

Srishti Jatav

She is a reporter for the Dalit Times and was arrested by Delhi police in August this year for her coverage of the demolition of the Dhobi Ghat slum. She was arrested when she arrived at Batla House in Jamia Nagar to report the displacement of people who lived there due to demolition by the Delhi Development Authority, which was approved by the judgment of the National Green Tribunal. “Stand with Srishti Jatav” was posted on social media after his arrest.

Nayanima Basu

The Print’s Diplomacy editor-in-chief Nayanima Basu was one of the few female journalists in Kabul when the Taliban took power and its democratically elected president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. Basu was due to return on the morning of August 16 when his flight was canceled. She later had to return to an Indian Air Force plane. In an interview with SheThePeople, Basu spoke about the security concerns of Afghan women and the importance of women journalists reporting on the crisis. Read more here.

Navamy Sudhish

From Kollam’s office of Hindu News Publishing, Navamy Sudesh received the Laadli Media Award in the Print Articles category for the press article “Don’t Set Us Straight” which was published in the Sunday Magazine section of the newspaper. Her article titled “Shock Therapy, Exorcism, Psychotropic Drugs: Behind” Conversion Therapy “For Queers” spoke about the death of Anjana Harish and the larger problem of conversion therapy practiced in India and around the world, which the UN in his report had urged the government to ban.

Soma basu

Another award-winning reporter from The Hindu was Soma Basu of Madhurai Bureau of the Hindu Magazine, who was awarded for his reporting in the category “Gender Sensitivity in the South”. Basu reported that domestic violence survivors were trapped with their abusers during the pandemic due to COVID-19. The article was titled “A Parallel Pandemic as Victims of Domestic Violence Trapped with Their Abusers.”

Masrat zahra

In 2020, Zahra won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. She is a Kashmiri photojournalist, whose camera lenses captured the violence and heartbreak in the valley. She was applauded for telling the stories of the women of Kashmir. On July 25, Zahra tweeted that her parents were assaulted in Batamaloo and her father’s ID card was reportedly confiscated by police. In the past, she was convicted under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly “frequently” downloading anti-national messages with criminal intent. “

Jyoti Yadav and Heena Fatima

Fatima and Yadav won the Laadli Media awards in the gender sensitivity category. Yadav won it for her article on rape culture in India and Fatima for the inaccessibility of online education for women. This is the second year in a row that Yadav has won the award. His story was titled “From Locker Room Boys to Computer Cell Men: Rape Culture in India Grows with Shame or Consequences.”

Maria D. Ervin