Laxmi Murthy is consulting editor with Himal Southasian, the region’s only political review magazine, published from Kathmandu. She also heads the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange , a unit under the Himal banner, conducting cross-border research in a region fraught with political divisions. Till 2006, Laxmi worked with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), managing South Asia programs on press freedom and journalists’ rights. Her role encompassed project management, advocacy, communications and training in the region. She has specialist expertise in the areas of press freedom; gender and media; journalists’ rights and conflict reporting. She continues to edit the IFJ’s annual South Asia Press Freedom Report, and research and training on gender and the media. Till 2002, Laxmi was an editor at the Women's Feature Service, an international news-feature agency specializing in development issues from a gender perspective. She has written extensively in the mainstream Indian media on gender issues.
Among her publications are: Reporting conflict: a handbook for media practitioners (Ed), SAFHR, 2005; and, co-authored, with Rajashri Dasgupta Reporting safe migration and trafficking, International Association of Women in Radio and TV World View, 2008. She is a journalism trainer, and has also contributed chapters to several books on journalism, the most recent being The green pen edited by Keya Acharya and Frederick Noronha, Sage, 2010 and Missing: half the story -- journalism as if gender matters, edited by Kalpana Sharma (Zubaan, 2010). She is co-author, with Rajashri Dasgupta of Our pictures, our words: a visual journey through the women’s movement (Zubaan, 2011). She has co-edited with Meena Seshu, The Business of Sex (Zubaan, 2013).
Laxmi is a member of the Press Club of India and the Indian Women’s Press Corps.