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Niha Masih and Joanna Slater honored with the South Asian Journalists Association’s 2022 Daniel Pearl Award

India-based correspondent Niha Masih and national correspondent Joanna Slater won the South Asian Journalists Association’s Daniel Pearl Award for their reporting in their India Under Surveillance series from 2021, which revealed evidence used to accuse Indian activists of plotting to overthrow the Modi government was planted (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). The award, established in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was killed while reporting in Pakistan in 2002, recognizes outstanding investigative reporting that exhibits courage under difficult circumstances and exposes public issues.

The India Under Surveillance series was a part a larger collaboration known as The Pegasus Project - an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 media partners led by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories. The Pegasus Project revealed how military-grade spyware leased by the Israeli firm NSO group to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the two women closest to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.