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Laxmi Murthy

Laxmi Murthy

Laxmi Murthy is a journalist based in Bangalore. She works on issues of press freedom, journalists’ rights, gender and conflict. She has served as associate editor with Himal Southasian, the region’s only political review magazine, published from Kathmandu, and headed 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. Laxmi works with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), managing South Asia programs on issues of press freedom and journalists’ rights. She edits the IFJ’s annual South Asia Press Freedom Report, and conducts research and training on gender and the media. Till 2002, Laxmi was an editor with 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 (IAWRT and 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). She co-edited, with Mitu Varma, Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia (Speaking Tiger, 2016).

Laxmi has been associated with the women’s movement in India for over three decades.

E-mail: murthy.laxmi@gmail.com

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