On the crime of being a photojournalist

On the crime of being a photojournalist
24. November 2021
19:00 - 20:30 Uhr
2.28 Heinz Nixdorf Hörsaal

Presented by the Bucerius Amnesty student group

They stand up for human rights, fight for freedom of speech and protect the state of law – and thereby put their lives or the lives of the ones they’re close to at risk. The Hamburg foundation for politically persecuted people has made it part of her mission to give activists a safe harbor and the chance to publicly speak, write and publish – rights that they are being deprived of in their home countries.

This year we want to show the work of photojournalist Masrat Zahra from the conflicted region of Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1949 and the Indo-Pakistani ceasefire agreement, Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan. Two thirds of the region were given to India and the remainder to Pakistan. Ever since, the region has been subject to constant insurgencies and conflicts, mainly because the majorly Muslim population of Kashmir is fighting against the Indian government for its own independent state.

Masrat Zahra is a 27-year old reporter who has been documenting the conflict for years. Mainly through her photography she has drawn attention to women and children as innocent victims of the conflict. For her work she has been threatened by India and while she managed to reach shelter in Hamburg, the Indian police, in an attempt to intimidate her, beat up her parents so badly, they needed to be hospitalized.
For her work, Masrat has been internationally awarded, among others the “Peter Mackler Award” in 2020 and the “Anja Niedringhaus Preis für mutigen Fotojournalismus”.
The lecture will be held in English.

in Cooperation with the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People and the Amnesty International Chapter of Bucerius Law School

Moderation: Franziska Jumpertz and Emma Schimmel

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