Priyanka Borpujari

Freelance Journalist @Pri_Borpujari

Priyanka Borpujari has been reporting on issues of human rights from across India, El Salvador, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her work has appeared in BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Caravan, TRT World, and several other publications. She was named the 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow to recognise her journalism covering issues of forceful acquisition of land owned by indigenous peoples. In 2015, Borpujari was one of the India-Germany Media Ambassadors and a guest journalist with the German political weekly Die Zeit. In early 2016, she was a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, USA, where she taught a course on media and human rights. Previously, she has also taught a course on community media at Mumbai's Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Between 2018 and 2019, she has walked 1,000kms across India with two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek, on his 33,000-km Out of Eden Walk, that traces the path of human migration.

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Priyanka Borpujari ha reportado sobre temas de derechos humanos en toda la India, El Salvador, Indonesia y Bosnia-Herzegovina. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Caravan, TRT World y varios otros medios. Ella fue nombrada la Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow del 2012-2013 por la IWMF para reconocer su trabajo periodístico cubriendo la adquisición de tierras de pueblos indígenas mediante el uso de la fuerza. En el 2015, ella fue una de los India-Germany Media Ambassadors (Embajadores de medios India-Alemania) y también fue una periodista visitante en el semanario político alemán Die Zeit. A comienzos de 2016, ella fue una Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence en Nazareth College en Rochester, Nueva York, donde impartió un curso de “Medios y derechos humanos.” Anteriormente, también ha impartido un curso sobre medios comunitarios en el Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) de Mumbai. Entre 2018 y 2019, ella ha caminado 1.000 kms por toda la India con el periodista premiado Paul Salopek, en su 33.000-km Out of Eden Walk, que traza el camino de la migración humana.

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Pedals To The Metal

El Salvador’s historic ban of all metal mining, which passed the national parliament this March, came about through a decade-long struggle of grassroots resistance and activism. When Ana Dubón was 13 years old, she began…

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Can this music be a force for good?

At 4 a.m. on a summer morning in San Salvador, teenage boys and girls lugging a strange assortment of drums gather under the haze of street lights. After exchanging greetings, they pack the instruments in…

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Finding the American Dream in El Salvador

Of his 13 children, six migrated to the U.S. without documents. Victor Rodrigues hasn’t seen them in years, but was able to improve the house with their remittances. “This house is our American dream,” he…

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El Salvador youths find identity in community radio instead of gangs

At radio Balsamo in La Libertad, twenty-year-old Nahum Menjivar (left) sits next to his 25-year-old colleague Albert Riviera. Riviera says “We have to show the world that not every young life in El Salvador ends…

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The Salvadoran Ex-Guerilla Who Learned to Read to Stop Corporate Mining

During El Salvador’s decade-long civil war, Maria Lidia Guardado was cooking for guerrilla forces. Fifteen years later, she was educating herself so that she could lead a nonviolent campaign to protect local farmland from mining…