Gauri Lankesh becomes first Indian to win Anna Politkovskaya Award
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
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.