Sajjad Haider

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Sajjad Haider سجاد حيدرانصارى is a media personality from Jammu and Kashmir, India who has been in the field of journalism since the 1990s. He is also publisher and editor-in-chief of the Kashmir Observer, a daily newspaper being published from Srinagar since 1996[1].

Early life[edit]

Born in Srinagar on 21 October 1966, Haider studied engineering in Chennai, and subsequently studied journalism at Tehran University. During the 1990 Gulf War, he covered the conflict for various media outlets including the Tehran Times. He subsequently took up an assignment for National Iranian Radio and Television in New Delhi and moved back to Kashmir in 1994. He contributed to various international media organizations including BBC online, Deutsche Welle, IRNA and IRIB from Kashmir.[2][3][4]

Journalism in a Conflict Zone[edit]

In 1997 Sajjad Haider founded the daily Kashmir Observer[5] of which he became the chief editor. Faced with a challenge to bring out a daily newspaper in the conflict ridden zone Sajjad Haider navigated through the difficult period overcoming the logistical nightmares and misplaced perceptions[6][7] [8][9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As an expert on South Asian and Middle Eastern affairs, he has been invited to global events including the ones organized by the Arab Thought Foundation in Dubai and the World Editors Forum in Gothenburg. His views have been aired internationally by Al-Jazeera, the BBC, CBC, the Voice of America and published extensively in international journals.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

In 2006, Mr. Haider was awarded the prestigious Chevening Fellowship by Great Britain. He studied at the Centre for Security & Diplomacy, Birmingham University and undertook extensive study tour of various European institutions including NATO and EU Commissions in Belgium, Luxembourg and Ireland.

In 2014 Sajjad Haider joined Trans Asia News Service as editor-in-chief. Trans Asia News[16] is the first news service from India that provides news and analysis from an Asian perspective to the world. Coverage area spans from Pacific to Mediterranean. However special interest areas remain countries straddling anicient Silk Route.[17].

In 2017 Sajjad Haider was elected as vice president of Kashmir Editors Guild, a representative body of leading Kashmir based newspapers.[18][19]

In 2018 Sajjad Haider was awarded Award for Excellence by Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce. The award citation mentions Haider's "outstanding contribution in building trust among Arab and Asian countries especially through platforms like Trans Asia News."[20]


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  3. ^ "India and Pakistan begin talks". Al Jazeera. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  4. ^ "'Takfiri groups can't establish strategic presence in Kashmir but they have a small sympathetic base'". Tehran Times. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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  7. ^ "Viewpoint: 'Killing the truth' in Kashmir". BBC. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  8. ^ Perils of journalism in Kashmir- Frank Langfitt- The Baltimore Sun
  9. ^ As Kashmir Unrest Drags on, Newspapers Struggle to Stay Afloat
  11. ^ What the nation really should want to know about Kashmir
  12. ^ Force feeding India to Kashmiris
  13. ^ Why Irans Supreme Leader Clubbed Kashmir with Yemen and not with Palestine
  14. ^ Anger protests and young lives lost- Why Kashmir is on the brink of another hot summer
  15. ^ The Lasting Legacy of the Shia Faith in Kashmir/
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  18. ^ Service, Tribune News. "Fayaz Kaloo is Kashmir Editors' Guild president". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
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  20. ^ "Sajjad Haider bags 'Asian-Arab Award 2018'". Greater Kashmir. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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