It’s Quite Rare to See someone doing Journalism in Indian Occupied Kashmir, but if she’s a Women, then the Courage and Bravery Must be Equivalent to a Lion. She is a freelance photojournalist from the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK). This Kashmiri Photojournalist Masrat Zahra Wins 2020 Peter Mackler Award.
This Brave Lady Stood like a Mountain in front of the atrocities of the Indian Forces. She is the Prime Example of Women Empowerment and the Struggle!
This Kashmiri Photojournalist Masrat Zahra Wins 2020 Peter Mackler Award
Catherine Antoine, President Global Media Forum Training Group and founder of the Peter Mackler Award also lauded Zahra, said Anadolu Agency.
“Masrat Zahra exhibits the very qualities that my late husband, Peter Mackler, fostered in the new generation of reporters whose path he crossed,” she said in her note.
“Masrat’s dedication to reporting the story along with her mental fearlessness and creative approach made our choice easy”.
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“We know more than you, we have stories and songs,we have art and culture. What do you have? You have guns and fury and hate. The war has so far been about guns and death. When u think we are defeated, we are not, our war is of resilience and survival. You have no art, your stories have no power”. #KashmirLockdown #masratzahra
In a video interview with the Peter Mackler Award, Zahra from Srinagar said, “It’s our job to work and show the truth and you have to take risks to do it.”
Meanwhile, Zahra felt privileged to tell the stories of the Kashmiri women caught up in a conflict zone.
Indian police had summoned Zahra once and accused of spreading fake news and giving support to enemies of the state.
In late April, however, local officials charged Zahra for her work showing Indian brutality which she uploaded on social media.
Around 12 AM, Police lathicharge on female Shiite mourners who took out a peaceful procession in Zadibal area of Srinagar on 3rd day of Muharram. One of the victim said, “We have our own religious belief and we aren’t followers of Aga Mujtaba so we deny his statement.” pic.twitter.com/SYIpvh2AOB
— Masrat Zahra (@Masratzahra) August 23, 2020
Previously, Zahra was awarded the 2020 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Moreover, this award celebrates the courageous work of women photojournalists.
Meanwhile, Zahra will be honoured with the award in a virtual ceremony in New York City on September 24 this year. WOW! May continue to highlight the issues of Kashmiri women in the future as well.