DALIT MEDIA WATCH SUSPENDS OPERATIONS DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

by Bilal Zaidi

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Their persistent coverage of atrocities against Dalits has forced 6000 police complaints. But with funds drying up, Dalits Media Watch HAS DECIDED TO SHUT DOWN OPERATIONS. Their only hope is you and me. In one click you can help revive one of India’s most impactful news organisations.

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Bilal Zaidi
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Bilal has been a journalist for more than a decade. During his career as a political reporter, Bilal covered 22 assembly and three General elections across India. He has covered all major political parties in India and interviewed senior politicians like Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid among others. He keeps a close eye on issues of identity and social inclusion.

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4th of September, 2014 was a remarkable day. The National Human Rights Commission in Delhi registered 101 complaints of atrocities and discrimination against Dalits on a SINGLE DAY.

And all of these complaints were on the basis of the news updates filed by one organisation – the Dalits Media Watch.

Till date, the Dalits Media Watch is a complainant in close to 6000 cases with NHRC, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Women. These are cases with police complaints and in many cases have forced criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.

The Dalits Media watch and its website – Justice News is not just reporting stories and disseminating information to close to 50 million people in 73 countries, they are also driving impact by acting on the stories.

But they are now on the verge of shutting down. They have just about enough funds to last them a month and that’s why it’s time for us to step in.

If all of us sacrifice one dinner outing with our friends, we will be able to raise the 10 lakh rupees the organisation needs to sustain itself. If we fail, the Dalit community in this country and other oppressed groups will lose their most significant voice in the media.

The group has so far been operating through individual donations by a limited number of people. Some of their projects were also supported by foundations and other institutions in India. But ever since the govt crackdown against their funding, these too have dried up.

We know the business model of mainstream media has little or no space for reporting on Dalit issues. That is why after many years of activism, Arun Khote and a group of other volunteers came together to formally create People’s Media Advocacy and Resource Centre in 2007 that runs the Dalit Media Watch and Justice News.

Their operations are divided into three parts:

  • Disseminating news and information to national and international media, and thereby creating space for Dalits in the mainstream.
  • Bridging gaps between Dalit activists and mainstream media. Strengthening networks within the civil society.
  • Running a Dalit Media Resource Centre at regional (Lucknow) level equipped with research, training, documentation, dissemination and advocacy resources.

Their work has informed civil society groups around the world, the United Nations and several national and international studies on the state of affairs. Their shutting down will create a major void in how we understand the subject of social justice in India. We just can’t afford this.

Just a few months back, a leading Animal Shelter group was on the verge of shutting down but the citizens jumped in and raised enough funds for it to sustain itself. This really gave us hope. We now have our fingers crossed!

For more details about PMARC, visit:

JUSTICE NEWS

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