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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.


 

Nishita Jha

NWMI's Nishita Jha joins Buzzfeed as its new global women's rights and gender reporter.  In this interview with Columbia Journalism Review, she talks about how she plans to push coverage beyond the woman as victim or victor, and look at the way big issues affect women and the way that women interact with the world.

Rahaina Maqbool and Baseera Rafiqi Raihana Maqbool and Baseera Rafiqi from Kashmir report on the everyday heros and heroines who don’t make the headlines in this conflict region.  V Nagamani is a programmer with a rural radio network in Karnataka. The three young women journalists spoke to Jyoti Punwani at NWMI’s Chennai meet on how they work despite the constraints of their environments.
The NWMI at its recently concluded 13th national meeting in Chennai expressed its deep concern at the widespread insecurity and vulnerability in the media profession in these times of growing intolerance, when freedom of expression and spaces for dissent are under siege.
The Network of Women in Media, India, is appalled that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reportedly lodged a police complaint against Rachna Khaira, a journalist at The Tribune, over her report on the vulnerability of Aadhaar data.

Rangoli

The 13th national meet of the NWMI is 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. Follow the meet on https://www.facebook.com/NWMIpage/

The Network of Women in Media in India stands in solidarity with Mumbai-based independent journalist Priyanka Borpujari, who was assaulted and detained by the Bandra-Kurla Complex police on December 26, 2017, while she was recording a slum demolition ordered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Hans Bhugra Marg, Santa Cruz, Mumbai.

Priyanka was released only after seven hours of detention, after her statement was recorded and she was charged under several sections of the IPC, including “obstructing a government action” and “unlawful assembly”. Four other women, all residents of the slum, were also detained and charged under similar sections.    

Sharda selfie

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.

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.