In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, noted journalist, Qazi Shibli, has won the annual Kamaran International award for Journalism for the year 2022.
Qazi Shibli, the editor of a south Kashmir-based publication The Kashmiriyat, was nominated for the award in April by George Henton, a British journalist and documentary filmmaker, Asos Hardi, a Kurdish and Iraqi journalist, and Emily Garthwaite, a renowned British journalist.
The award is given by Metrography based in Iraq, in the memory of Kamaran Najm, a photojournalist who went missing on 12 June 2014, shortly after he was wounded while covering the fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces near Mullah Abdullah in Iraq.
Earlier, in July 2019, Shibli was booked by the Indian authorities under draconian law, Public Safety Act, in IIOJK and later shifted to a jail outside the Kashmir valley. He has been awarded a cash prize of 12,000 USD for the Kamaran International awards.—KMS