Malini Subramaniam

Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam, who was forced to leave Chhattisgarh due to repeated threats and harassment after her powerful reportage, has been announced the recipient of the 2016 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. (Malini Subramaniam/ photo)

Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam, who was attacked and harassed after she reported on human rights abuses and the conflict between Maoist groups and state forces in Chhattisgarh, is among four journalists who have been named recipients of the prestigious International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Subramaniam, a contributor to the news website Scroll.In, has reported from the Bastar area in the state of Chhattisgarh on abuses by police and security forces, sexual violence against women, the jailing of minors, the shutdown of schools, extrajudicial killings and threats against journalists, according to, which further adds that she has been interrogated, surveilled, and harassed by police and members of a pro-police vigilante group in connection with her critical coverage of human rights abuses and politics.

Earlier this year, Subramaniam fled her home state after being repeatedly harassed and threatened.

“These four brave journalists have risked their freedom and their lives to report to their societies and the global community about critical news events,” Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, said in a statement. “CPJ is delighted to honor these journalists who, in the face of repression and violence, continue to bring us vital news.”

The other three 2016 IPFA awardees are: Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist also known as “Shawkan,” who has been imprisoned since August 2013; Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, who was sentenced in May to five years and 10 months in prison on charges of revealing state secrets; and Óscar Martínez, an investigative reporter for the online newsmagazine El Faro in El Salvador, who covers gang violence and extrajudicial killings in the country.

Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, will receive the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.

All of the winners will be honored at CPJ’s annual award and benefit dinner, which will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City Nov. 22.

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