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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.


 

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. 
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. 

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.

Four days after his fans began trolling and abusing Dhanya Rajendran on Twitter, Vijay released a statement

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.” 

NWMI wrote to the Press Council of India on the provocative headline and news report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar’s Surat edition relating to the recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims.  NWMI strongly condemns such reports and deplores the callous reporting and editing that produces them.