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Neha Dixit Gets Special Mention at Human Rights Press Awards for UP Encounter Story

Neha Dixit's story ‘The Chronicle of Crime Fiction That is Adityanath’s Encounter Raj’, published in The Wire, recently also got a special mention at the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism.

New Delhi: Just weeks after getting a special mention at the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism 2018, journalist’s Neha Dixit’s story ‘The Chronicle of Crime Fiction That is Adityanath’s Encounter Raj’, published in The Wire, has gotten a special mention in the investigative category of the 23rd Human Rights Press Awards.

Dixit’s piece highlights the dangers of the Yogi Adityanath government’s fake encounter policy in Uttar Pradesh.

The Human Rights Press Awards, Asia’s most prestigious honours that recognise outstanding human rights reporting, now in their 23rd year, are organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

The categories include Breaking News, Features, Multimedia, Video, Audio and Photography. This year, the features category was spilt into two awards – Investigative Feature Writing and Explanatory Feature Writing.

The award for investigative reporting was picked up by Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for their report on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The two were arrested in December 2017 soon after the story was published by the Myanmar government and were finally released on May 7.

Lone and Oo were also awarded the Pulitzer Prize last month for their story on the unlawful murder of Rohingya men.

See the full list of winners here.