Shortlist Announced for the Human Rights & Religious Freedom Journalism Awards 2022

We received hundreds of entries from across India that delve deeper into the questions of human rights and the lived reality of religious minorities and marginalized communities in India.

We are finally thrilled to announce the shortlist across five categories of the Human Rights & Religious Freedom Journalism Awards 2022.

The quality and diversity of the entries were outstanding and it was tough for our jury members to choose finalists in each category. But the results are in now.

We will honor the winners across all categories on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Here is the Shortlist:

1. Amir Malik and Sumedha Mittal (The Caravan Magazine)
Three eyewitnesses accuse Delhi Police official of murder during Delhi violence »

2. Kaunain Sheriff (The Indian Express)

94 out of 120 orders quashed: Allahabad High Court calls out abuse of NSA in Uttar Pradesh »

Express Investigation: Citing lack of due process & glaring gaps in FIRs, Allahabad HC struck down 20 of 20 orders »

Detention despite bail: Why District Magistrates love the NSA »

Express investigation: Individual liberty cannot be taken away without proper application of mind, says Allahabad HC »

3. Akanksha Kumar (Newslaundry)

The curious case of ‘1,000 conversions’: Who is Umar Gautam? »

How did Mannu Yadav and Aditya Gupta convert to Islam? »

I don’t recognise the man on TV’: Meet the Muslim converts Umar Gautam helped »

How some media reports on UP’s ‘conversion racket’ only focus on the police version »
Use of psychological pressure by calling others ‘kafir’: UP ATS chargesheet in Umar Gautam case »

4. Betwa Sharma and Ahmer Khan (The Intercept)

Hindu Vigilantes Work With Police to Enforce “Love Jihad” Law in North India »

5. Kaushik Raj (Article 14 and The Wire)

As Hindu Extremists Repeatedly Call For Muslim Genocide, The Police Ignore An Obvious Conspiracy » 

Unequal Before The Law: Bail Is The Rule For Hindu Hate Speech, Jail The Norm For Rights Campaigners »

We ID’d Anti-Muslim Sloganeers at ‘The Kashmir Files’ Screenings. What We Found Won’t Surprise You. »

In Social Media Posts, Jamia Shooter Brags About Hate Crimes, Police Yet to Take Note » 

Mahant Bajrang Muni Udasin, Who Repeatedly Called for Rape of Muslim Women, Is a Serial Offender » 

1. Mohammad Alishan Jafri (Freelance Journalist)
Delhi 2020, the Real Conspiracy: What the Police Chose Not to See »
Is Uttarakhand Govt’s ‘Demographic’ Probe of Property Deals a Play on ‘Land Jihad’ Bogey? »
Explained: ‘Trads’ vs ‘Raitas’ and the Inner Workings of India’s Alt-Right » 
The ‘Hindutva Ecosystem’ Has a New Anti-Muslim Narrative. This Time Street Vendors Are the Target. »
Why India is witnessing spike in attacks on Christians, churches » 

2. Fatima Khan (The Quint)

Trying to Hinduise us’— How Jaipur fort became flashpoint between tribal Meenas & Hindu groups »
Ground Report | ‘Felt Like We Don’t Belong in India’- Behind Haryana’s Anti-Christian attacks »
Everyday Communalism | How a Hindu Woman’s Death Became a Pretext for Attacking Muslims in Agra »
How Kerala church’s ‘love jihad, narcotics jihad’ taunts are hurting Muslim businesses & society »

3. Ismat Ara (Freelance Journalist)

In Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, Muslim Residents Move Court to Protect Temple from Encroachment »
UP: Family Awaits Compensation, Struggles to Get By After Losing Son to Police Torture »
From ‘Gang Buddies’ to ‘Hum Hindu, Tu Mulla’: The Many Sides of Rahul Khan’s Murder »
In New India, Muslims Break Part of Mosque To Avoid Conflict With Temple Authority »
My Boy Is Mentally Unstable Minor’: Mother of Muslim Teen Accused of ‘Love Jihad’ in UP »

4. Naomi Clarette Barton (The Wire)
89 Instances of Hate Crimes, Hate Speech Across Six North Indian States in Four Months »
100+ Instances of Hate Speech, Religious Polarisation, Hindutva Supremacy in Adityanath’s Poll Speeches » 
Jeet Vashisth, the Bajrang Dal and the Hindutva Hate Machine »
The Kashmir Files’ Uses Kashmiri Pandits For Propaganda, and Hates Muslims » 

5. Aishwarya S Iyer (

Two years after Delhi violence, riots accused from RSS-BJP aim to be elected civic leaders »
Two years after Delhi violence, what explains the police’s continued ‘defence of the accused’? » 
Investigation: How VHP and Madhya Pradesh police colluded to put a Christian pastor in jail »
In Gurugram, the number of namaz sites has shrunk to 20 from over 100 in three years »
How Hindutva hijacked India’s child protection body »