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The Network of Women in Media, India, is an association which aims to provide a forum for women in media professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality and justice within the media and society. Local groups linked to the NWMI are currently functioning in 16 centres across the country.


 

N Venugopal Rao, editor of the Telugu monthly Veekshanam, took participants at the Hyderabad National Meet on a heritage walk through the Osmania University campus, and explained the social history of the university and the building.

Speaking at the Hyderabad National Meet, Prof M Kodandaram, chairman of the all-party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee, provided a brief history of the Telangana movement, starting with the agitation against non-Mulkis (locals) soon after Independence.

As journalists at the Hyderabad Meet spoke of how they were harassed for doing their job, Padmaja Shaw, retired professor of journalism at Osmania University, put these narratives in a broader context.

Senior journalist Kalpana Sharma spoke at the Hyderabad National Meet on the changing concerns of the media today, and highlighted the need to go back to the basics of journalism.

The Network of Women in Media held its 12th National Meet at Osmania University, Hyderabad from 11 to 13 November, 2016.  The 150 participants who attended the three-day meeting came from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.  

NWMI Bengal hosted a discussion on women's role in electronic journalism and film making with Samia Zaman, on her journey in journalism, starting with a job at the BBC in London to her current work in a popular TV channel in Bangladesh.

Narrating how casteist editors and reporters impact news stories on caste, she requested journalists to be casteless

The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded Malini Subramaniam, a contributor to the news website scroll.in, its 2016 Press Freedom Award. CPJ noted that Subramaniam was one of the few journalists reporting from Bastar in Chhattisgarh, the epicenter of the conflict between Maoist and security forces, until she was forced to leave the area in early 2016.

Ammu Joseph, an NWMI co-founder, stirred nostalgia and hope at the Hyderabad national meet

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), in its 12th national conference held in Hyderabad from  November 11 to 13, 2016, expresses its concern at the state of siege under which the media finds itself. Recent examples include those of a journalist being shot dead  in Bihar, assaults by the police in Tamil Nadu,  the one-day attempted ban on NDTV India, a similar ban ordered on the Assam TV channel News Time, and the  over-one-month ban on the daily Kashmir Reader.