Gauri Lankesh becomes first Indian to win Anna Politkovskaya Award

Highlights:

  • Late Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh awarded a prestigious Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award.
  • She will share this award with Gulalai Ismail, a Pakistani peace activist who has faced death threats for speaking out against Taliban.
  • With this Gauri Lankesh becomes first person from India to receive this prestigious honour.
  • She was a strident critic of religious extremism and was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka....
  • Gauri Lankesh Lankesh had worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly started by her father P. Lankesh, and ran her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike.
  • She was an outspoken newspaper editor and often wrote about religious violence, malaise of India’s hierarchical caste system and criticised the rise of hardline Hindu groups.
  • Anna Politkovskaya Award Anna Politkovskaya Award is given in memory of slain Russian reporter and political activist Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian investigative reporter and activist who uncovered state corruption and rights abuses, especially in Chechnya.
  • It is presented annually by Reach All Women in War (the RAW in WAR organisation) and honours women human rights defenders from around world.
  • This year marks 11th anniversary of killing of Anna Politkovskaya who was shot dead in lobby of her Moscow apartment block at age of 48 on October 7,2006.
  • RAW in WAR is a London-based, non-governmental organisation (NGO) supporting women human rights defenders and victims of war.