World Press Freedom Day 2019
TV and radio producer, BBC's South Asia Bureau
Shubhranshu Choudhary was a TV and radio producer for the BBC's South Asia bureau for eight years before he eventually founded the first community radio on mobile phone in India, called CGnet Swara in 2009. This voice-based portal allows people in Chhattisgarh, central India, where he grew up, to report and listen to local stories. In 2014 Mr. Choudhary won the Google Digital Activism award and was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was named a Young Business Leader by Boston Global Forum in 2015. He is also a ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowships awardee. In the past 15 years, he has been experimenting with models of democratic and independent media as part of a peace process in Central India, which has been mired in violence involving Indian security forces and Maoist guerrillas.