Masrat Zahra, a freelance photojournalist from Srinagar, Kashmir, has been named for the 2020 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.

The award will be presented in New York on 24 September 2020.

She was named winner for the award for her work covering events in the Kashmir valley with a specific focus on women in the region telling the stories that have been ignored of Kashmiri women caught up in the conflict zone.

Catherine Antoine, president of the Global Media Forum Training Group and founder of the Peter Mackler Award, said, “Masrat Zahra exhibits the very qualities that my late husband, Peter Mackler, fostered in the new generation of reporters whose path he crossed.”

“Masrat’s complete dedication to reporting the story, no matter the risks, along with her mental fearlessness and creative approach to use any medium at her disposal to bear witness to the world made our choice easy,” she added.

In late April, Zahra was charged by Indian police for “making fake news and supporting enemies of the state” under Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA) for her work which she had uploaded on social media. Under this stringent law, a suspect can be jailed for up to seven years.