Although no journalist was murdered in the country last year as opposed to six such murders in 2018, it would be wrong to say that Press Freedom has never been violated, says the recently released report by Reporters without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières - RSF) -- a media watchdog organisation that works for freedom of expression and information. The report says that India's performance in 2020 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI)...More »
-The Hindu Govt. ‘will expose’ negative surveys on conditions in India Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, speaking on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, said his government “will expose” the surveys that portray a “bad picture about ‘Freedom of Press’ in India”. The Minister’s comments come in the backdrop of the latest survey of the global body, Reporters Without Borders, that shows India dropping two places on the global...More »
Mission Journal: Journalists in India’s Uttar Pradesh say threat of attack or prosecution looms large -Kunal Majumder
-Committee to Protect Journalists On March 26, two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown to control the spreading of COVID-19, Hindi-language daily Jansandesh Times reported that a tribe in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh state, didn’t have enough to eat due to the sudden announcement and that children were eating grass. The same day, the magistrate of Varanasi district, Kaushal Raj Sharma, sent a legal notice to the...More »
The Centre Is Back to Using the Bogey of 'Fake News' to Try and Suppress Press Freedom -Devika Tulsiani and Soutik Banerjee
-TheWire.in There are no credible reports suggesting that migrant workers decided to walk home based on fake news. In a recent public interest litigation (Alakh Alok Srivastava vs Union of India), the Centre sought a direction from the Supreme Court that “no electronic / print media / web portal or social media shall print / publish or telecast anything without first ascertaining the true factual position from the separate mechanism provided by...More »
India slips on World Press Freedom Index, 'scribes attacked for writing on subjects that annoy Hindutva'
-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...More »