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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.


 

Kavitha KThe Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) is pleased to announce that Telangana-based independent journalist Kavitha Katta, 40, has been conferred the Fourth NWMI Fellowship (2020), instituted to support women journalists working in various kinds of challenging situations. In view of the major disruptions in the media industry due to the Covid19 pandemic and accompanying lockdown, the focus of the Fellowship this year was to support NWMI members who had been adversely impacted by the pandemic.
Nisha Susan book coverOn a cool, Covid August evening, a literary webinar bridged socially distanced hearts and minds. Two completely disparate writers, Nisha Susan and Prema Viswanathan, shared ideas and extracts from their new books with 35 registered participants (network colleagues from across the country) during an online event hosted by the Network of Women in Media, Bangalore, on 24 August. Moderated by Shrabonti Bagchi, the discussion began with the two authors sharing reflections on the processes that led to the books, one fiction and the other non-fiction.

01 Gauri LankeshSeptember 5, 2020 marks the third anniversary of the murder of  Gauri Lankesh. We republish NWMI's statement on that day in 2017:

To the spirit of Gauri Lankesh, you inspire us forever. To journalists everywhere, this is a note of solidarity. We the Network of Women in the Media, India solemnly swear to uphold the values of journalism. This does not and should not need to be prefaced with good. Or courageous. Or brave. We must simply power on in the face of the greatest adversity, threats and political opposition to do what our job mandates. To be free and fair and stand together solidly behind each other to be able to rise against the tidal wave of intolerance and often criminal intimidation that surrounds us and tries to prevent us everywhere. We want to declare to ourselves and to everyone that is watching with and without malice - we will not be prevented, silenced, outdone or shut down. 

 

Sabita Lahkar croppedSabita Lahkar has been selected for the Monika Barua Journalism Award 2020. The award is expected to be presented at a ceremony later this year. 

Monika Barua was the first woman journalist to have worked for the Assam Tribune group. She was Assistant Editor of Asom Bani, the esteemed weekly published by the media house. She was compelled to retire early due to a prolonged illness and eventually passed away prematurely. Assam Lekhika Sangstha, a renowned organisation of women writers in Assam, established the award in her memory a few years ago.
Indu RameshVeteran media woman Indu Ramesh passed away on August 26, 2020. She was 83 years old. She started out as a transmission executive with All India Radio and retired more than 30 years later as the station director of Bangalore’s Commercial Broadcasting Station, CBS – Vividh Bharati. Smita Ramanathan pays tribute to her mentor
The Network of Women in Media, India, condemns the online abuse and harassment of Chennai-based journalist Kavin Malar. The relentless abuse, personal attacks and doxing (a practice where personal identifying information is broadcast online) by droves of trolls are part of growing attempts on social media to silence vocal women journalists in India. Facebook’s reluctance to take down these posts and the delay by the police in registering a complaint have only emboldened online harassers.
The Network of Women in Media, India, denounces the media trial being carried out by a section of TV news channels in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. The case has dominated primetime news for almost a month now, to the exclusion of other important issues such as the floods in Bihar, rising job losses, the state of economy and a raging pandemic in the country.
posterwebinar5The past few months have seen nothing short of a bloodbath in the Indian news media. In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs overnight and are even now continuing to do so. In response to this crisis NWMI launched an initiative to provide support to media colleagues facing job and income insecurity and loss.
The Network of Women in Media, India, condemns the attack on three journalists- Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh, and a woman journalist (identity withheld) of The  Caravan magazine. The physical attack on all the three journalists and the sexual harassment and of the woman journalist, while reporting, are serious assaults and represent a setback to press freedom. This incident is a chilling indicator of the grave risks to on-ground reporting that journalists in India have been facing, even in the national capital.
The NWMI deplores the attempt to harass and intimidate the family of a minor rape survivor by Samsul Rehman, a stringer from the Guwahati-based DY365 news channel and Amar Asom newspaper. The misuse of power by members of the journalistic community must be condemned in the strongest terms. The police and administration must make all efforts to reassure the survivor and her family that their identity will be protected at all costs, and their safety ensured.