December 5, 2022

The documentary “Gauri,” which was made by Kavitha Lankesh, sister of the late journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, won the Toronto Women’s Film Festival’s 2022 “Best Human Rights” award. The movie has also been chosen for the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, and it is also being considered for Doc New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, and other festivals across the world.

The documentary, according to a statement by Kavitha Lankesh, illustrates the daily verbal and physical assaults that Indian journalists endure. According to her, there have been more than 200 documented attacks on journalists in India over the past five years, of which more than 30 have resulted in deaths. Although the attacks vary in severity, she added that the motivation behind them is important. She continued, noting that while attacks on dissenters and journalists are regrettably neither new nor exclusive to India, the severity with which they have occurred over the past ten years is cause for concern. According to the worldwide press freedom index, India ranks 150 out of 180 countries.

(source : PTI)

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