Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5 , has posthumously been honoured with Anna Politkovskaya Award on Thursday. The prestigious global award is given in the memory of a slain Russian reporter and political activist.
Lankesh shared the Anna Politkovskaya Award with 31-year-old Gulalai Ismail, a Pakistani peace activist who has been on the receiving end of death threats for raising her voice against the Taliban.
“It is not by coincidence that Gauri’s work, her personality and the way she was killed for her work reminded us so much of the way Anna lived and died for the truth,” the award committee said in a note.
Lankesh’s sister Kavitha told Thomson Reuters Foundation that this award will be a morale booster for people who want to write and put up a fight.
“This award is a morale booster for people who want to write, and fight…It honours what Gauri stood for — that you cannot silence me,” she said. The award marks the 11th anniversary of the killing of Politkovskaya, a Russian investigative reporter and activist who uncovered state corruption and rights abuses, especially in Chechnya. Lankesh is the first person from India to receive the honour.
Journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was gunned down outside her Bengaluru residence on September 5. According to the police, three armed assailants were waiting outside her house and fired three rounds at her, the moment she emerged from her car, leading to her death. The murder sparked outrage across the country with people demanding justice for the slain journalist.
Meanwhile, Karnataka SIT has said that good progress has been achieved in the probe of the case so far.