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Kashmir Photographer Masrat Zahra Won IWMF’s Courage in Photojournalism Award

Kashmir Photographer Masrat Zahra Won  IWMF’s Courage in Photojournalism Award
Masrat Zahra
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) have announced on Thursday that,Masrat Zahra, a freelance Photojournalist from Kashmir, has been won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award in 2020.

Documenting everyday life of Kashmir they is smeared with regular crackdowns of the army, the Srinagar journalist was booked under the stringest Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) by Jammu and Kashmir police in April in this year.

IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Munoz said, “Countless communities around the world are facing enormous threat, harm and censorship due to governmental threats and the declining state of press freedom worldwide. During these times, Anja’s legacy reminds us that it’s the communities beneath the headlines who are the true targets of civil and social brutality.”

Zahra tweeted, “I am incredibly honored to share that I have won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from at IWMF I’m happy that my work has finally been recognized. After thanking Almighty,I would like to say a big thank to my mentor, at Showkat Nanda for his guidance, love & care. When I applied for the award earlier this year, he was there at every single step–from helpng me prepare my application to editing and sequencing my work".

Since 1990, IWMF has been fighting for press freedom and supporting courageous female journalists.The award by IWMF honours the memory of German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who was also Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer but was killed in 2014 in Afghanistan. Awarded annually by the IWMF, the prize is of $20,000 (€17,500) that sums up to Rs 15,17,910 in India.

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