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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.


 

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On a warm Saturday afternoon, pioneering sports journalist Sharda Ugra gave a rapt audience at the Bangalore Press Club a peek into the exciting world of sports journalism. Organised by the Network of Women in Media, Bangalore (NWMB), the talk on December 9, provided a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind the stories of Sharda’s career spanning three decades. 

What If? ... you are targeted by security forces, shot at, kidnapped, or have to continue live reporting while a person is killed right beside you? It is a possibility for any woman journalist who reports in conflict zones, whether it is an official war or an internal conflict which is not recognised as a war. The International Association of Women in Radio and Television has launched a new handbook which helps female reporters plan to avoid such eventualities.

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Countdown to the 13th national meet of the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) begins. This time it’s at Chennai!


The 13th national meet of the NWMI is scheduled to be held at Chennai from 4 to 6 January, 2018. With the central theme as “Gender and the Media – Challenges and Opportunities”, the conference aims to bridge the gap in gender discourse and focus on the challenges faced by media practitioners.

BLF 2The Bangalore Literature Festival 2017 session on the online - often sexual - harassment of women journalists was held on October 28, 2017. The session was planned in the aftermath of the murder of Gauri Lankesh, who was herself a target of online abuse until the violence moved from the virtual world into the real one and silenced her forever. Nidhi Razdan  (NDTV) and NWMI members Sindhu Sooryakumar (Asianet) and Laxmi Murthy (International Federation of Journalists) participated in the panel discussion moderated by Ammu Joseph (independent journalist and network member). The experiences of online abuse of the fourth panellist, network member Dhanya Rajendran (The Newsminute) were shared in absentia. The panellists talked about their own experiences of trolling and other forms of harassment as well as about the implications of the increasingly frequent and intense targeting of female media professionals - on the Internet, on the phone and even in real life - not just for themselves (at the personal and professional levels) but for democracy and freedom of expression. 

The shocking and tragic assassination of Gauri Lankesh served as a grim reminder of the grave and present threats to freedom of expression in general and the dangers faced by individual journalists attempting to speak truth to power in particular. Ammu Joseph recently spoke to students in Bangalore about the implications of the murder for media freedom and independent journalism.  

The Network of Women in Media in India stands in solidarity with the editors of Coimbatore-based website The Covai Post who have been receiving death threats for a story on their website and condemns the harassment of Vidyashree Dharmaraj and AR Meyammai.

Over the past week, the editors of The Covai Post, Vidyashree Dharmaraj and AR Meyammai, have been at the receiving end of death threats and harassment for a story on their website, titled 'Girls in puberty stage paraded half-naked, offered to deity for a fortnight', published on September 24, 2017
Women journalists routinely face gender-based violence in the workplace and the field, online and offline, and there has been an increase in this violence in recent years. This report from the UN secretary general describes the current situation pertaining to women journalists, sets out the applicable international law, provides an account of initiatives in this area, and suggests ways to strengthening the safety of women journalists.
01 Gauri LankeshThe Network of Women in Media, India, (NWMI) expresses deep shock, sorrow and anger at the killing of Bangalore-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. We strongly condemn the cold-blooded, execution-style murder of the editor of the weekly Kannada publication, Gauri Lankesh Patrike, outside her home on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

The noted journalist and activist, known for her spirited and consistent opposition to communalism and casteism, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on a two-wheeler. The killers fired at her as she was unlocking the door to her house around 8pm after returning from work. 

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) strongly condemns the online sexual harassment and abuse of film critic Anna M M Vetticad, the latest in the growing list of Indian female writers to be targeted in this manner.

Vetticad has been facing apparently coordinated misogynist abuse on social media sites since the publication of her review of the Akshay Kumar-starrer, ‘Toilet - Ek Prem Katha’ released on August 11, 2017.

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) strongly condemns the online sexual abuse and trolling of Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of the digital news website, The News Minute. 

Dhanya Rajendran, a member of NWMI, was abused for her August 4 tweet which read: “I had watched Vijay’s ‘Sura’ till interval and walked out. #WhenHarryMet Sejal has made me break that record. Could not sit till interval.”