The annual Reporters without borders (RSF) Press Freedom award for courage in journalism was awarded to Indian free lance journalist Swati Chaturvedi for her investigative revelations about the IT cell within the BJP which keeps an army of trolls in their pay roll. The award was presented on 8.11.2018, Thursday at the Getty Images Gallery in London’s Fitzrovia.
She is the author of the book ‘I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Digital Army’. The organisation said, “Chaturvedi has been the target of vicious online harassment campaigns, like many other outspoken journalists in India,” the organisation’s statement said. “She responded by using journalistic weapons, investigating the ‘IT cell’ within the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is notorious for keeping an army of angry trolls.”
The Secretary –General of the organisation was quoted as saying, “We hope that this recognition will offer them vital support and protection as they carry on their important work in the face of growing pressure against independent media in their home countries.”