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Indian journalist wins Press Freedom Award for Courage in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

An Indian freelance journalist, who has been the target of and harassment for her investigative reports, has bagged the 2018 Press Freedom Award for Courage.

Swati Chaturvedi, of the book 'I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP's Digital Army', beat shortlisted journalists from Italy, and for her work in exposing the "IT cell" within the ruling for keeping an army of angry trolls.

"This means a lot. But I think it is very sad that you have to win an award for courage just for doing your job," Chaturvedi said at the first award ceremony organised by the UK chapter of Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or in on Thursday evening.

"The US (Donald Trump) saying we are the enemy of state; in last year being gunned down outside her house; it is very frightening. There is something clearly very wrong," she said.

"I don't think journalists have stopped what they are doing, but the governments across the world have become very intolerant of any criticism or scrutiny."

The for print and in commended the work of organisations like the RSF, a non-profit organisation that works to document and combat attacks on journalists around the world.

added: "I get a lot of but if I let that affect me, I won't be able to do my job. It is heartening to see RSF speaking up for journalists because we have become an attacked, endangered species. At least there is someone advocating the rights of journalists."

"I think it is scary to be a in today's world, especially if you are doing investigative journalism. But at the same time, it is very necessary," she said.

Chaturvedi was among four worldwide winners at the awards held at Gallery in

"Recognising great journalism is important, not least because it sends a message of solidarity, proving that there is an international community will stand up for the no matter where it is threatened, or by whom," said

The ceremony highlighted the importance of press freedom and safety of journalists, especially in the wake of the killing of Saudi Arabian in the last month.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 17:00 IST