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Indian reporter honoured for courage

The International Women’s Media Foundation has selected Meera Srinivasan, Assistant Editor at The Hindu, as the Foundation’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow for 2015/16. Now in its eleventh year, the Fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists focusing on human rights and social justice reporting.

Beginning in August, Srinivasan will spend the seven-month Fellowship as a research associate in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. She will pursue research and coursework on refugees and vulnerable communities, and will also complete journalism internships with The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

“Elizabeth Neuffer was a courageous reporter for the Globe who was determined to shine a light on injustice wherever she found it, and we continue to be inspired by her example and her work,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, Managing Director of The Boston Globe. “We are grateful that the Fellowship in her name has enabled courageous women journalists around the world to carry on that tradition.”

Neuffer died while reporting in Iraq in 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started the Fellowship to honour her legacy while advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.

Srinivasan, based in Tamil Nadu, India, covers human rights pertaining to ethnic reconciliation, religious tolerance, and refugees in both Sri Lanka and her home country of India. Between 2013 and 2015, Srinivasan was posted to Sri Lanka as a foreign correspondent for The Hindu covering the country’s post-war challenges.

“The Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for personal reflection on larger themes of human rights and social justice, that are critical to addressing class inequalities and discrimination reflected in vulnerable communities everywhere,” Srinivasan said.