22 The Flora Lewis Award 2021

Rana Ayyub

Best commentary in any medium on international news

AWARD DATE: 2021

AWARD NAME: The Flora Lewis Award 2021

AWARD RECIPIENT: Rana Ayyub

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The Washington Post

AWARD HONORED WORK: “The New, New World”

AWARD SPONSOR: Deidre Depke and Ciro Scotti

Democracy is under attack around the world, not least in the country that likes to bill itself as the world’s largest democracy. At grave personal risk, Rana Ayyub of The Washington Post has called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s systematic persecution of the Muslim minority. As one juror noted, “Her stories are truly frightening, and India’s slide into religious nationalism does not get nearly enough attention.”

Links to the winning work:

Why an Indian film’s success at the box office should worry us all

Two sons, two systems of justice, but one message for Indians: Fall in line

A timeline of hate, intimidation and injustice in Modi’s India

The Indian government continues to harass journalists. I’m facing prison over a tweet. 

As covid-19 devastates rural India, Modi and his ministers focus on covering up their incompetence

Grief is overwhelming India. My family was no exception.

(No Citation for Excellence given)