The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Thursday named Masrat Zahra as the winner of this year’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The Kashmir-based freelance photojournalist’s images depicting conflict in the Indian-controlled region and its toll on local communities were praised by the jury for their “humanity” and her particular focus on the stories of women. Zahra, who was born in the city of Srinagar, provides an emotional insight into daily life inside India-administered Kashmir with her photographs, which the jury described as filled with a sense of “dread and community.” The award honors the memory of German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in 2014 in Afghanistan. “Countless communities around the world are facing enormous threat, harm and censorship due to governmental threats and the declining state of press freedom worldwide,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Munoz. “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.” India and Pakistan each rule part of the disputed Himalayan territory but claim it in full. Both oppose the demand for an independent, undivided Kashmir ruled by the Kashmiri people. Read more: Journalists under threat: June’s 10… Read full this story
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