Foundation journalist wins prestigious award for human rights reporting in Asia region

by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:06 GMT

The Foundation's India correspondent Nita Bhalla has won the Award of Excellence in Human Rights Reporting by the Society of Asian Publishers (SOPA). Nita has been awarded for her outstanding coverage of women’s rights and a "good combination of on-the-ground reporting with academic/political commentary which lends it gravitas".

Nita's articles were recognized for providing in-depth and powerful insight into the abuses faced by women in India, a topic that garnered widespread media attention last December after the New Delhi gang rape case. Her coverage in particular demonstrated the scale and complexity of human rights violations against Indian women by exploring a variety of issues including human trafficking, acid attacks and honour killings.

Based in New Delhi, Nita covers disasters and conflicts, development, women's rights, climate change and governance for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is a former Reuters political and general news correspondent and has worked in India, east and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Nita started her career in 1999 with the BBC World Service based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"This award is testimony to the Foundation's commitment to forwarding the rights of people across the world. I truly value the freedom given to journalists at the Foundation to pursue stories which we feel are of importance and the incredible support given to us from our editors. Monique Villa has created an incredible organisation of people with passion and drive and I can honestly say there is no other place I would rather work, " Nita said.

Established in 1999, the SOPA Awards are the most distinguished journalism contest in the Asia-Pacific region, honouring excellence in print, new media and digital journalism. Nita joins six Reuters journalists who were also awarded SOPA Awards, making Reuters among the most recognized news organizations of the evening.

Check out Nita's award-winning stories on women's rights:

Watch her 2' minute talking point on the politics of rape.

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