23 journalists awarded for gender-based issues

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"Women constitute half of our society yet they are often denied their basic rights, hence, there is a need to highlight the problems faced by women," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Thursday.

He was speaking at the Laadli Media Awards for 2011-12 function, organised by Population First, a communication and advocacy trust, in which 23 print, electronic and web journalists from northern India were honoured for covering sensitive gender-related issues.

Congratulating the awardees, Akhilesh said: "When media covers an issue and highlights the problems of the people, it helps the government in formulating policies. We are samajwadis (socialists) and we believe that when a daughter of a house is educated and happy, that house is prosperous and happy. Hence, we have launched a host of schemes directed towards the upliftment of this section as they are still not being granted their basic rights.

Among the awardees were Divya Gupta of The Hindu, whose article on an NGO working in Naxal-dominated west Singhbhum district of Jharkhand was adjudged the best English article. Jahid Khan of Koumi Farman (Madhya Pradesh) won the best Hindi article award for "comprehensive analysis" of the "age-old patriarchal systems of our society." Aditi Tandon of Tribune News Service was awarded the best English investigative reporter for her coverage of the increase in trafficking of girls during Commonwealth games. Priyanka Dubey of the Tehelka got the award for the best Hindi investigative story for "highlighting rampant gender-based violence in Madhya Pradesh.

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