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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have multiple impacts on our lives. Existing challenges have been exacerbated and new ones have emerged. Across the country, individuals, communities, businesses and governments are responding differently. Covid has claimed many casualties. Good reportage need not be one of them. The pandemic and the consequent economic slowdown have also taken its toll on good journalism. At this moment, we need good journalism to be stronger than...

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11 Digital-Only Platforms Join Hands to Launch DIGIPUB for a ‘Healthy News Ecosystem’ The Foundation seeks to “represent, define and protect” the digital-only news ecosystem in collaboration with Independent Journalists, news entrepreneurs, news consumers among others. New Delhi: To “represent, define and protect” the fast-growing digital news media sector in India, 11 top names in the field on Tuesday launched a new organisation – DIGIPUB News India Foundation -- to ensure a “healthy and robust” digital-only news ecosystem The 11 founding members of DIGIPUB are...

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Man made starvation: UP’s failure to implement the National Food Security Act intensifies survival crisis in drought-affected areas -Jean Drèze

-The Times of India Recent reports from Bundelkhand, or rather from the side of Bundelkhand that lies in Uttar Pradesh, are most alarming. A rapid survey conducted by Swaraj Abhiyan, under the leadership of Yogendra Yadav, found evidence of famine-like conditions developing in the area. To illustrate, 38% of the sample villages reported at least one death due to starvation or malnutrition in the preceding eight months. Among poor families, barely half...

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Censorship to political pulls, is Indian media in crisis?

-The Hindustan Times Eight journalists were killed in India in 2013. This was a jump from the five killed in the preceding year, and three in 2011. If there were 74 instances of censorship in 2012, the following year saw 94 such instances - with the internet being the single biggest casualty of the clamp-down. Also, 19 journalists were attacked in the year. These are some of the findings of Free Speech...

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The vanity of 13/12 'truth-telling'-Praveen Swami

-The Hindu The ground beneath Arundhati Roy’s seismic claims on the Parliament House attack, is shaky — to say the least “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions”, the American politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan — among others — is credited with having said, “but not to his own facts.” Muhammad Afzal Guru’s execution on Saturday morning — a grim spectacle, where the Indian government disgraced itself by denying his family a last meeting,...

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