Indian Journalist Mr. Shubranshu Choudhary won Google Digital Activism Award 2014 for regional news service

Indian Journalist Mr. Shubhranshu Choudhary won the Google Digital Activism Award 2014 in Barbican Centre in London for his work in using mobile phones to bring local news to remote Indian regions in their native language i.e. known by CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh).

CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh)

  • A mobile-phone service that allows Indian citizens to report on local issues as well as listen to other reports in their language using basic or feature phones.
  • Empowers tribals in Chhattisgarh and connects them to the world outside by using various digital means.
  • Voice-based portal freely accessible via mobile phone.
  • Launched as part of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, a programme of the International Centre for Journalists.

About Mr. Choudhary

  • A Knight International Journalism Fellow.
  • Founded a hyper local mobile news platform “CGNet Swara” in 2004 in Chhattisgarh state.
  • Previously, worked with BBC and Guardian and was also a reporter at the Hindi-daily Deshbandhu.

 Note: The Google Digital Activism Award is a part of the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, organized by London-based international organisation Index on Censorship, recognises the bravest journalists, artists and activists from around the world in four diverse categories: advocacy, arts, digital activism and journalism.

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