The South Asian Journalists Association ( SAJA ) was founded in 1994 in New York City. South Asia refers to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. The current president is Jigar Mehta. He was previously a video journalist for the New York Times.

From its website: [2]

"The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is a non-profit organization that provides a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian origin and journalists interested in South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora. SAJA's mission also includes acting as a resource to facilitate and promote accurate coverage of South Asia and South Asians in North America."

The Association presents annual awards honouring work in print, broadcast and new media outlets, in categories including Outstanding story on South Asia, Outstanding photograph of South Asia or of South Asians in North America, and Outstanding story on any subject by a South Asian Journalist. [3]


  1. Kim Brockway, , Columbia News , June 27, 2000.