Mukundan C Menon Memorial Media Fellowships for a period of 20 months beginning April 1, 2007 and ending in November 2008

Late Mukundan C Menon

Late Mukundan C Menon

A GERMAN organisation Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNSt) and  Indian human rights organizations People’s Watch (Tamil Nadu) and UP based PVCHR (People's Vigilace committee on Human Rights) have jointly initiated a national project with the assistance of the European Union (EU) to prevent torture in India. Speaking to media persons in Varanasi on Thursday, UP state coordinator of the project Dr Lenin Raghuvansi said this project aimed to initiate and model a national campaign for the prevention of torture in India.

“People’s watch, the implementing organisation of the project, announced media fellowships in the memory of the late Mukundan C Menon , a noted journalist and human rights activist, in nine regional language media (three Hindi, one Bengali, one Oriya, one Tamil, one Malayalam, one Telugu and one Kannad) at the state level and one fellowship at the national level for the English media.” 

“The national project was being implemented in nine states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Andhra Pradesh and Karnatka,” he said, adding, ‘torture, being the worst form of human rights violation, was very much prevalent in India and was directed at the weakest and the poor in society.” Dr Lenin said.

He said the fellowships were for a period of 20 months beginning April 1, 2007 and ending in November 2008. He further added that the fellowships would be awarded to those journalists who were working in leading newspapers, magazines and human rights journals. 

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