It’s Hard to Be a Journalist in India. Is it Harder if You’re a Woman?

This 2016 article by Ila Ananya in The Ladies Finger on the misogyny and harassment faced by women journalists in India continues to be relevant. In the 18 months since the article was written. women journalists in Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Karnataka and elsewhere have faced online abuse, physical harassment, illegal police detention, and one woman journalist was shot dead. 

It’s Hard to Be a Journalist in India. Is it Harder if You’re a Woman?

You might have heard that the media business is booming while journalists are under siege in India. Indian women journalists face all the usual threats that come with rigorous reporting—from physical attacks to intimidation—but they also face a continuous stream of misogyny and harassment that we need to pay attention to if we are to save our media.

I’m on my way to the Arunachal Times office on the evening of 15th July, 2012. It’s around 6 pm on a Sunday. There’s a young man standing idly next to the office entrance, but I don’t pay him any attention.

Suddenly, as I reach the entrance and am about to enter, in one smooth motion he pulls out a gun and shoots me. Point blank. In my stomach.

It’s just one bullet.

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