Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary is the winner of the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award. Choudhary is the mind behind CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), a mobile phone service allowing people to post and listen to local reports in their local language using basic cellphones.
Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow. He has worked with the BBC and Guardian and was also a reporter with Deshbandhu. The awards in four categories were announced at an event in London on Thursday.
The Google Digital Activism Award is a part of the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, honouring top achievers in advocacy, arts, digital activism and journalism.
Other nominees for the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award were whistleblower Edward Snowden; TAILS operating system, an open-source encryption tool that helps protect free online communication between journalists and sources; and Free Weibo, an uncensored version of Chian’s largest social network SinaWeibo.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.