Journalist Aarefa Johari Wins Chameli Devi Jain Award

It’s a journalist’s privilege to help society demand justice

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Outspoken journalist Aarefa Johri wins the Chameli Devi Jain Award Photo Scroll

On 3 April 2022, journalist Aarefa Johari was named the winner of the Chameli Devi Jain Award for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson for 2021by the Media Foundation. Johari, who reports for The Scroll www.scroll.in from Mumbai was recognized for her combination of meticulous reportage, humanism and empathy. ‘all reflecting a high order of journalistic excellence.’

Instituted in 1982, the annual Chameli Devi Jain Award is a prestigious recognition for women mediapersons in India who have reported on themes such as social development, politics, equity, gender justice, health, war and conflict, and consumer values. The award was to be presented at the India International Centre in Delhi on the 4th of April 2022.

The winner was decided by a three-member jury, comprising Nirupama Subramanian from the Indian Express, writer Githa Hariharan and Ashutosh from SatyaHindi. The jury praised Johari’s meticulousness, and empathy with her subjects which ‘reflected a high order of journalistic excellence.’ Harish Khare, chair of the Media Foundation, added that Johari’s ground-level reportage was an outstanding example of a journalist’s every day privilege to help society demand fairness and justness.

Nearly 50 journalists from print, digital and broadcast media from all over India sent entries for the award, named after Chameli Devi Jain, a freedom fighter and a community reformer who went to jail during the Indian freedom movement.

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