Fetisov Journalism Awards 2021
Category: Excellence in Environmental Journalism
Series of articles: "Drawing a Line in the Sand"; "Permit to Plunder: How the Environment is Paying the Price for Nepal Local Governments’ Greed"; "Environment Conservation Takes a Back Seat in the Budget".
Author: Bhrikuti Rai (Nepal)
Bhrikuti is a multimedia journalist from Kathmandu, Nepal. During her decade-long career, she has reported extensively on environment, technology and human rights. Bhrikuti loves all things audio and is co-creator of the feminist podcast Boju Bajai, which she started in 2016 with Itisha Giri. Her work has appeared in several Nepali and international media including, Nepali Times, The Kathmandu Post, Los Angeles Times and Radiolab. She holds a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. As a Bertha fellow in 2020, she reported on the impact of sand mining in Nepal's rivers.
Drawing a Line in the Sand;
Permit to Plunder: How the Environment is Paying the Price for Nepal Local Governments’ Greed;
Environment Conservation Takes a Back Seat in the Budget.
The original publications is available via the following links:
Drawing a Line in the Sand
Nepali Times - January 8, 2021
A year after Dilip Mahato was killed by the sand mafia, his family still seeks justice, and illegal mining continues unabated
Permit to Plunder: How the Environment is Paying the Price for Nepal Local Governments’ Greed
Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal - April 20, 2021
Like most locals from villages dotting the banks of the Indrawati in the Sindhupalchok district of central Nepal, Kamal Ratna Danuwar grew up with stories that revered the river. After all, the perennial waters of the snow-fed Indrawati nourished their fields and gave villagers bountiful harvests twice a year.
Environment Conservation Takes a Back Seat in the Budget
The Record - 30 May 2021
The government’s decision to resume the export of sand and gravel to reduce the trade deficit will lead to the wholesale exploitation of the environment, say conservationists and lawmakers