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Six Tables that Tell the Story of Academic Unfreedom in India

-TheWire.in From books being banned to students and faculty facing criminal charges and being jailed, the past few years have been especially tough on India's universities. These tables – under six broad heads but disaggregated to record the separate experiences of faculty and students – are an updated, expanded version of the annexures first prepared in June 2020 by Nandini Sundar and Gowhar Fazli as part of a status report in response...

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India has turned into an ‘electoral autocracy’, says Swedish institute

-Scroll.in The report by Varieties of Democracy Institute said India is as autocratic as Pakistan in Censorship and worse than Bangladesh and Nepal. India has turned into an “electoral autocracy”, an analytical research project by Sweden-based Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute said. The research institute had said last year that the Bharatiya Janata Party now closely resembles a “typical governing party in an autocracy”. A report of the organisation, which conceptualises and measures democracy,...

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India is ‘partly free’, says U.S. thinktank

-The Hindu Modi government cracked down on critics: report. U.S.-based human rights watchdog Freedom House has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “driving India toward authoritarianism” with a “hamfisted lockdown”, scapegoating of Muslims, and a crackdown on critics, and downgraded India’s status from ‘Free’ to ‘Partly Free’, in its annual report. “Under Modi, India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader, elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests...

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Women Journalists Targets of Online Violence and Political Attacks -Julie Posetti

-TheCitizen.in/ IPS UNESCO and International Centre for Journalists Survey WASHINGTON: An alarmingly high number of women journalists are now targets of online attacks associated with orchestrated digital disinformation campaigns. The impacts include self-Censorship, retreat from visibility, an increased risk of physical injury, and a serious mental health toll. The main perpetrators? Anonymous trolls and political actors. These findings are among the first released in a survey conducted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific...

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Hall of shame: India is one of 12 countries where killers of journalists go free easily

-Newslaundry.com It ranks 12th on the CPJ’s Global Impunity Index 2020, one position worse than last year’s. India is one of the dozen countries that fare the worst when it comes to prosecuting killers of journalists, according to the Global Impunity Index 2020 prepared by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The index “spotlights countries where journalists are singled out for murder and their killers go free”, the CPJ explained in its report titled...

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