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CNN’s Sumnima Udas is ‘journlist of the year’ at women’s empowerment journalism awards

CNN International’s Delhi-based correspondent Sumnima Udas has been awarded ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment (WE) Journalism Awards for her sensitive and incisive reporting on gender issues including the December 2012 New Delhi gang-rape, the plight of acid attack victims in India and the courageous stance taken by young Indian women, fighting back to ensure the safety of women in their neighbourhoods. The Awards held in Singapore, honour outstanding achievements in reporting on women’s issues. Udas’ work was recognised amongst entries by distinguished journalists across Asia Pacific including Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Udas reported extensively on the aftermath of the December 2012 Delhi gang rape, explaining how the crime shook the nation and prompted a landmark change in how society handles violence against women. Her almost year-long reporting culminated in the documentary film ‘Nirbhaya: The Fearless One’ which featured in-depth interviews with the victim’s parents, who movingly reveal how their daughter was the pillar of strength for the family. Her reporting on related gender issues also featured first-hand interviews with Indian women on the streets, shedding insights onto the vulnerability of sexually abused women, victims of acid attacks and the horrific practice of female feticide in parts of India. She has also chronicled the courageous story of a group of brave adolescent women who have banded together to form ‘Red Brigades’, acting as foot patrols to increase the safety of females in their neighbourhood.

This award is the latest recognition of CNN International’s editorial strength. In 2014, CNN has been crowned “News Channel of the Year” for the second year running at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards where the network also won the coveted Best News Coverage – International category. The network is the reigning ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ (Asian Television Awards 2013) and had a strong showing in the Emmys, FPA Awards, Peabody Awards and the Overseas Press Awards. CNN is also the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America.