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Indian journalist takes AFP prize for Kashmir work

Dilnaz Boga, an Indian reporter and photographer, received the Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse on Wednesday for her courageous investigative work in Indian-administered Kashmir.



Hong Kong: Dilnaz Boga, an Indian reporter
and photographer, received the Kate Webb Prize from Agence
France-Presse on Wednesday for her courageous investigative work in
Indian-administered Kashmir.

Boga, 33, spent a year in Srinagar working for the
respected news portal Kashmir Dispatch as well as a number of
international publications and websites, the culmination of a
decade covering the troubled region.

She received a certificate and 3,000 euros (USD 4,200) in
cash from Eric Wishart, AFP`s regional director for the
Asia-Pacific region, in a ceremony at the Foreign
Correspondents` Club of Hong Kong.

"Dilnaz Boga is a more than worthy recipient of the third
Kate Webb Award, and her work stood out from a very strong
field of applicants from across the region," Wishart said.

Boga said the prize money would help support her future
coverage of Kashmir as an independent journalist.

"I, on behalf of my colleagues in Kashmir, would like to
say that we will not stop telling the truth at any cost," Boga
said.

She vowed to "fight the battle against forgetfulness --
for we know that there can be no peace without justice".

The Kate Webb Prize was launched in 2008 in honour of a
legendary AFP correspondent in Asia who blazed a trail for
women in international journalism.

The prize recognises exceptional work produced by locally
engaged Asian journalists operating in dangerous or difficult
circumstances in the region.

It is administered by the AFP Foundation, a non-profit
organisation created to promote higher standards of journalism
worldwide, and the Webb family.

"Dilnaz has shown a lot of drive in going to live in
Kashmir to report on the impact of a very volatile situation,
and on the lives of ordinary people, especially children,"
Webb`s brother Jeremy and sister Rachel Miller said in a
statement.

PTI

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