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Masrat Zahra is the 2020 PMA winner for her work covering events in Kashmir.
Peter Mackler Award for Courageous Journalism
Freedom of Speech, Journalism and Conflict: The Road Ahead for Kashmir

As the work of Masrat Zahra demonstrates, it is the women and local communities that suffer the most as a result of the ongoing conflicts in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir—Zahra’s hometown.

To shed light on this, a panel of experts will discuss the history of the Kashmir conflict and how it has disrupted daily life in the territory for decades. They will also focus on the future of peacebuilding activities in Kashmir and how journalists like Zahra can play a role in mitigating the ongoing crisis while navigating the complex political and security climate.

Farwa Aamer is Director of the South Asia Program at the EastWest Institute. At EWI, she maintains a key focus on advancing knowledge and understanding of South Asia’s underlying challenges to generate support towards greater regional and interregional cooperation.

Mohamad Junaid is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, with research on violence, youth activists, and political subjectivity in Kashmir.

Deepti Misri is Associate Professor of Women and Gender studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a literary and cultural critic whose work focuses on questions of gender, violence, and representation. She is a founding member of the Critical Kashmir Studies Collective.

Suchitra Vijayan is a Barrister-at-Law, author, and researcher. As an attorney, she previously worked for the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She co-founded and was the Legal Director of Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Cairo that gives legal aid for Iraqi refugees. She is the founder and executive director of The Polis Project.

Sep 24, 2020 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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