Journalist selected for Berlin scholarship on digital security


Srinagar: Kashmiri Journalist Sajad Rasool has been selected for the Berlin’s scholarship Program Empowering Journalists in Digital Field on digital security.

Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, and supported by ProtonMail, the aim of the scholarship is to provide practical knowledge to holders on how to protect themselves against digital threats such as surveillance and hacks. Also, they will receive training on how to teach others in their home region about digital security.

The program is of four months and total eight journalists were selected out of 507 candidates across the world which is going to be held in Berlin, Germany by Reporters Without Borders.

A Kashmiri based Journalist, Mr. Rasool founded Kashmir Unheard in 2014, which usually reported issues related to development, corruption, environment and other human rights violation from 16 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to the media, Mr. Rasool said that the program is designed for people to deal with digital threat related to the work including surveillance. He also said that he believes that the internet and smartphones can be used for bringing out the narratives which mainstream media often neglects.
He has worked for Magnum, Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post, and a few other media portals.

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