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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.


 

Archana KapoorCommunity radios have gone beyond the call of duty during the pandemic, providing accurate technical information, countering rumours, helping in relief efforts, and giving a voice to the people. But funders and advertisers have withdrawn support to this already funds-starved sector and today community radio is facing a severe financial crisis. Pinky Chandran and Ashish Sen analyse the situation and suggest some solutions.
THE NWMI condemns the Uttar Pradesh police's malafide FIR against Supriya Sharma, the executive editor of Scroll.in, targeting her for her report recording the loss of livelihood and hunger suffered by residents of Domari, a village near Varanasi adopted by the Prime Minister in 2018.

Masrat ZahraKashmir photojournalist and NWMI member Masrat Zahra has won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award, 2020, by the International Women’s Media Foundation.  Her photographs which have extensively documented the impact of the conflict on the lives of Kashmiris, were praised by the jury for their particular focus on the stories of women.

Masrat who has extensively documented the impact of the conflict on the lives of Kashmiris, has regularly faced harassment and was recently booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for sharing her photographs on social media.  

The NWMI expresses its deep distress at the spate of job losses, salary cuts, furloughs and closures in the media industry in the midst of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We also denounce the harassment and multiple cases lodged by the State against journalists covering the pandemic and uncovering unpalatable truths about anti-people actions by governments and exposing administrative failures. We are deeply concerned about the lack of safety for journalists in the field and stand in solidarity with those who carry out their duties at immense risk to themselves.
The NWMI is deeply shocked and concerned at the manner in which Guwahati-based journalist Ranjita Rabha was forced to resign from her position in Prag News. Ms Rabha has been a journalist for 13 years and it is a gross violation of her rights that she was forced to resign by the highest authority of Prag News on the ground that she was pregnant and that the organisation had no provision of maternity leave for employees.
Radio MewatAs comparisons between Spanish flu and COVID-19 make headlines, radio is making a comeback in ways that it hasn’t for a long time. Media reports across the globe are packed with stories on the role of community radio during the pandemic. The Indian scenario is no different. Apart from mainstream media coverage, community radio practitioners and activists have refused to buckle under the lockdown. Instead, they have used technology to their advantage, combining terrestrial broadcasting with the internet to get their messaging not only to but also across communities. Several WhatsApp groups of community radio stations are buzzing throughout the day and night with a range of programmes and activities. We are perhaps witnessing a renewed surge and growth of the sector – programmatically, organisationally and in terms of reach. A report by Pinky Chandran and Ashish Sen 
The NWMI is shocked at the FIR lodged against its member and award-winning photojournalist, Masrat Zahra, by the Cyber Police, Srinagar, under provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The NWMI believes that the charges are preposterous in the extreme and amount to rank intimidation of an award-winning photo journalist and must be dropped forthwith.
FinalcoverGAW2020AayushiFew media women who experience sexual harassment at their workplaces report it. Complaints to media houses’ internal committee rarely have a satisfactory outcome. Training workshops on sexual harassment are not routinely conducted though legally required.

These are among the findings of a survey conducted by Network of Women in Media, India, and Gender at Work. The report, ‘Creating Safe Workplaces: Prevention and Redressal of Sexual Harassment in Media Houses in India’, was released on International Women's Day, 2020. The online survey was conducted to assess whether and how effectively media houses across India are responding to the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.
Pune workshop Ghaswalla Seshan DeshmukhThe Pune chapter of  NWMI and the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) organised a session on work opportunities in the shrinking media job market, as part of the conference “Enhancing media skills” held at the Patrakar Sangh in advance of International Women’s Day. Participants included journalists and students of journalism and communication from Pune.
The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) has learned that the material evidence and case records of a violent attack on a journalist and a media organisation in Arunachal Pradesh in 2012 have been reported 'untraceable'. This is a grave lapse on the part of the law enforcement system and does not bode well for the pursuit of justice. We call for the unacceptable procedural lapse to be rectified immediately so that the case can be investigated and heard without further delay.