ITANAGAR: Tongam Rina, associate editor of The Arunachal Times, has been honoured by the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontier - RSF) as an information hero.Tongam is the only Indian journalist to find a place in the list of '100 information heroes' released by the Paris-based media watchdog on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
The woman journalist was shot at by miscreants on July 15, 2012, in front of her office, apparently for her bold articles against anti-social elements. Recovering from her injuries, Tongam has now vowed to fearlessly continue her mission.
Prepared for the first time by the RSF, the list comprises 100 heroes from 65 countries who have helped 'promote the freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through their courageous work or activism'.
Other journalists from the neighbouring countries who figured in the RSF list include Zaw Phay (Burma), Asif Mohiuddin (Bangladesh), Jigme Gyatso (Tibet), Hamid Mir and Muhammad Ziauddin (Pakistan), M V Kaanamy lnathan (Sri Lanka) and Mariyath Mohammed (Maldives).
On November 22, 2012, Tongam was honoured with the Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity, Eastern Region, at a function in Kolkata. The award was given by Population First, an NGO working on population and health issues, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Tongam was also selected for the Prize for Freedom and Future of the Media, 2013, instituted by Media Foundation, Leipzig, Germany.