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As Kashmir is silenced, press freedom levels fall below Afghanistan and Myanmar

In September 2020, Amnesty International halted its operations in India, with the UK-based organisation publishing a report warning of a coordinated effort to silence journalists and activists in the region. 

The Indian government “must immediately halt its intensifying suppression of dissent,” said Amnesty International, following a series of raids on journalists and human rights groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

Since then, the situation has deteriorated from bad to worse, particularly for journalists in Kashmir, culminating with the recent arrest of Fahad Shah, a journalist and founding editor of The Kashmir Walla.

Amantha Perera, Project Lead for Dart Centre Asia Pacific, reflects on how press freedom is being eroded, not only in Kashmir, but in other Asia Pacific regions. 

May 19-22, 2022

'Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones’ Course

New York, NY - United States
In partnership with the ACOS Alliance, Rory Peck Trust, and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, the Dart Center will be offering its annual four-day crisis zones reporting course to 16 US-based freelance journalists at no cost. The application deadline – Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST – has passed

Global Early Childhood Reporting Fellowship

The Dart Center's second inaugural Global Early Childhood Reporting Fellowship is focused on illuminating issues related to young children’s growth, development and wellbeing. The 2022 program will support fifteen journalists with reporting stipends, mentoring, and on-going education to deepen their knowledge. The application deadline has passed. Selected applicants will be informed by April 15, followed by a public announcement of the new cohort in mid-May.

Deadline Passed: 2022 Ochberg Fellowship

The Ochberg Fellowship is the Dart Center's flagship program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. This year's fellowship will be held July 22-28 at Columbia University in New York City. Application deadline was February 22. Late applications will not be accepted.