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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.


 

With elections to the Legislative Assemblies imminent in seven states (Goa, Gujarat, Himachal PradeshManipurPunjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand), NWMI's Gender, Media and Election Watch blog examines media coverage in relation to women and the elections. We hope to examine how political parties and candidates are viewing women's issues, female electorates, candidates and examine the media's handling of women voters and politicians.

Among the many challenges that independent journalists face are delayed payments, stolen pitches and the absence of any documents to hold media houses accountable. A Charter for Independent Journalists, discussed at NWMI’s National Meet in Ahmedabad in 2014, was taken forward at the Hyderabad Meet in November 2016.

Group photograph National Meet Hyderabad 2016 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 meeting came from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.  A report of the three days of discussions and debates. 

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.

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.

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

Worldwide, women make up about 50% of the general population but only 24% of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news. Only 26% of the people in internet news stories and media news tweets combined are women. These were among the findings of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP)’s latest study on the portrayal and representation of women in the news media.

The Network of Women in Media, India, would like to express solidarity with the brave radio journalists of Roshani, the all-women radio and TV station that was the voice of the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan and was destroyed by the Taliban in the early hours of September 28.

The NWMI-Bengal chapter and the department of media studies, Jadavpur University, organised a one-day panel discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of women’s magazines in Bengal. The programme was enriched  by the participation of a visiting delegation of Bangladeshi journalists.

Women remain easy targets on social media and women in journalism even easier, writes Ranjona Banerji. Women journalists face sexual harassment in the office, online trolling, stalking, and more.