EGI to host webinar on reporting from Afghanistan

To discuss challenges and share tips for reporting news from the country

EGI to host webinar on reporting from Afghanistan

With the recent demise of ace photographer Danish Siddiqui, the challenges of reporting from conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan have come to the fore once again.

To address this issue, the Editors Guild of India is organizing a webinar titled Afghanistan: Reporting from Ground Zero – the crisis and what next. The webinar will be held on Friday, 27 August 2021 at 1430 hrs IST via Zoom and Facebook.

The Editors Guild of India invites seasoned reporters to share their experiences and challenges of reporting from conflict areas.  The speakers for this edition are Ashraf Wani, Editor, India Today Group; Nayanima Basu, Diplomacy editor, ThePrint; Shubhajit Roy, associate editor and deputy chief of National Bureau; Sonia Sarkar, independent journalist; and Kanika Gupta, independent journalist.

The webinar is part of the initiative of EGI’s Program Committee. The committee was formed to put together programs that bring to fore issues concerning press freedom as well as create forums for sharing ideas, debates, and perspectives that lend towards serving the overall mission of the Guild.

The program committee consists of- Kumkum Chadha (convenor), Sanjay Pugalia, Sankarshan Thakur, Sunita Aron, Alok Joshi, Sanjeev Srivastava and Vijay Naik.

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