Yusuf Jameel, India, is a correspondent for the Indian daily The Asian Age, focusing on the conflict over control of the disputed region of Kashmir.
The newspaper is now owned by Hyderabad-based Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited which also publishes Deccan Chronicle, the largest circulated English daily in south India and the third largest English newspaper in India in terms of readership and circulation, Financial Chronicle and AndraBhumi.
Prior to joining The Asian Age, Jameel was a correspondent for India’s Sunday newsmagazine, Ravivar (its Hindi counterpart), and for Calcutta’s The Telegraph newspaper. He has investigated human rights abuses, including a mass rape of about 30 Kashmiri women near the Line of Control, the disappearance of Kashmiri youth after their arrest by Indian troops fighting in the region, terror by insurgents and its social implications, and corruption by Kashmiri politicians. For his courageous reporting of the Kashmir conflict, Jameel won the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award in 1996. In 1989, he won India’s Mulk Raj Saraf Award for Best Reporter of the Year and in 2006, the first Best Journalist/Writer award instituted by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). In February 2011, he received Ahad Zargar Memorial award for his outstanding contribution as a journalist. The award given annually in recognition of excellent work done in the fields of literature, journalism, public and social services has been instituted by the Ahad Zargar Research Foundation after well-known Kashmiri Sufi poet Abdul Ahad Zargar. Jameel also worked for 11 years as a correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters news service, and TIME magazine. While with the BBC in 1995, he survived a parcel bomb explosion after a colleague in the office opened the package addressed to Jameel. In recent times, his work has also appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi and on Aljazeera.net.