Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Thu, 3 May -
14:15 to 15:45

Parallel Session 13

Rana Ayyub

Journalist and Writer

Rana Ayyub is a prominent independent Indian journalist and writer and an important voice from the subcontinent. In a decade long career in political and investigative journalism with various mainstream publications, among her many achievements, her breakthrough investigation sent the first serving Home Minister of India behind bars. She also reported on the anti -Muslim pogrom of Gujarat, a province in India in 2002, extra judicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller titled “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up which exposes the complicity of two strongmen in India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Whether it is reporting on the LTTE from Jaffna or radical outfits from Pakistan and India, Rana has been a strong voice for the underprivileged in the Asian subcontinent.
Rana Ayyub was awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism by the former President of India among many other laurels. Her investigation on extra judicial murders by the state was listed as the twenty biggest investigations of all time across the globe by Outlook magazine. In November 2017, she was awarded the citation of excellence at the Global Shining Light awards in Johannesburg.
Her book Gujarat Files is an important breakthrough in Indian investigative journalism where she narrates the ordeal, process and damning revelations while undercover as a student for eight months to expose the role of the state in mass killings. At present Rana Ayyub is working as an independent journalist and columnist based in Mumbai.