India slips on World Press Freedom Index, 'scribes attacked for writing on subjects that annoy Hindutva'

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published Published on Apr 20, 2019   modified Modified on Apr 20, 2019
-The Indian Express

World Press Freedom Index 2019 reveals an increased sense of hostility towards journalists across the world, with violent attacks in India leading to at least six Indian journalists being killed in the line of their work last year.

In the backdrop of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, India dropped two places to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the global press freedom index analysis released Thursday by Reporters Without Borders. Topped by Norway, the ‘World Press Freedom Index 2019′, reveals an increased sense of hostility towards journalists across the world, with violent attacks in India leading to at least six Indian journalists being killed in the line of their work last year.

“Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India. At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018. A number of doubts surround a seventh case,” the index noted.

These murders highlighted the many dangers that Indian journalists face, especially those working for non-English-language media outlets in rural areas, the note added.

Attacks against journalists by supporters of ruling BJP increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019, the analysis alleged.

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The Indian Express, 18 April, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-slips-on-world-press-freedom-index-scribes-attacked-for-writing-on-subjects-that-annoy-hindutva-5682824/?fbclid=IwAR0A


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