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‘Celebrity bias’ in Editors Guild of India -Umanand Jaiswal

-The Telegraph In the letter, Patricia Mukhim mentioned Republic TV managing director Arnab Goswami who was recently arrested in a suicide abetment case Guwahati: Latent disquiet in newsrooms about the way some celebrity anchors are being defended with alacrity and others being left to fend for themselves has spilled out in the open with an editor resigning from the Editors Guild of India. Patricia Mukhim, editor of The Shillong Times, has sent her...

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Amartya Sen said no democracy, with a free press, has ever had major famines -Lawrence Hamilton

-ThePrint.in In ‘How To Read Amartya Sen’, Lawrence Hamilton writes on the economist’s thrust on free press and public reasoning as the centre of a democracy. Amartya Sen is very clear that one of the central features of democracies which advance public reasoning in the world is support for a free and independent press. Unrestrained and healthy media are, he argues, important for five main reasons, the first four of which are: 1....

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Pandemic and a free press -Joel Simon

-The Hindu India must return to its democratic values to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak effectively India is justly proud of its position as the world’s largest democracy. It is less proud of the fact that it has become a hotbed for the spread of COVID-19, with an estimated 90,000 daily infections, and over 5 million cases overall, second only to the United States. Can India find a way to combat the virus...

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Restrictions on media & internet in Kashmir has cost the country its Press Freedom ranking but score improves

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)...

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India slips in Press Freedom rankings; Javadekar slams report

-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...

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