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NWMI demands and end to the Online Abuse and Intimidation of Masrat Zahra Press Release by NWMI

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) has come out in support of Masrat Zahra, a Srinagar based photojournalist who is being mercilessly attacked and threatened on social media for posting a picture of herself covering an encounter between the Indian Army and alleged extremists. Here is a statement released by NWMI.   The…

UN bats for Rana Ayyub Urges GOI to provide her protection

Several United Nations human rights experts have called on Indian authorities to take immediate action to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign. Ayyub, an independent journalist, has investigated alleged crimes committed by government and public officials, and authored the book The Gujarat Files, which examines the 2002 Gujarat riots. Her troubles…

Mexico sees fourth journalist killed in 2018

On Tuesday, May 15, Juan Carlos Huerta, a television host and director of a radio station, was shot dead in Mexico’s Tabasco state, the Guardian reported. Arturo Núñez, the state governor, said the murder was not a robbery, and seemed to be linked to Huerta’s work. “They apparently went to execute him,” he said. Huerta’s murder…

Sharp increase in killings of journalists in 2012-2016: UNESCO

According to a UNESCO report, the global number of journalists killed has risen sharply inthe period between 2012 and the end of 2016, the Hindustan Times reported. 530 deaths were reported in said period, a 67.72% increase over the 316 deaths documented in the previous period, between 2007 and the end of 2011. Syria saw the…

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India cuts a Sorry Figure on World Press Freedom Day Attacks on media persons continue with impunity across the country

May 3 is the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993 on the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. It is therefore a somber day for Indian journalists given how the Press Freedom is being curtailed in the country, by both, state and non state actors.…

Bastar Journalist Kamal Shukla booked on Sedition charges Had shared cartoon about Judge Loya case on Social Media

On April 29, Chhattisgarh Police have booked senior journalist and activist Kamal Shukla on sedition charges under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code. The matter pertains to a cartoon about the Judge Loya case, criticizing the government and judiciary that Shukla shared from his Facebook wall few days ago. However, his lawyer Isha Khandelwal from Jagdalpur…

Mexican police officers convicted of journalist’s murder

Two police officers in Mexico have been found guilty and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for the murder of journalist Moisés Sánchez, an uncommon instance for Mexico, where crimes against members of the media largely go unpunished, the Guardian reported. Sánchez was killed in the violence-ridden state of Veracruz, considered the most dangerous area for journalists…

3 Journalists killed in chillingly similar incidents in Saffron-ruled states Freedom of Expression and Press at stake

Two journalists, Navin Nishchal and Vijay Singh, who worked for the Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, were killed when an SUV ran into their bike in Bihar’s Bhojpur district, on Monday, March 26. Locals and family members have alleged that the journalists were “murdered“, and that a former village head was responsible. The SUV involved in the incident was…

How Right Wing media manipulates Public Perception The damage done to the Farmers' Protest by whataboutery, false equivalence and wild conspiracy theories

CJP has been campaigning for farmers’ rights and supporting them in their struggle. Since March 14 we have been bringing to you constant updates from an ongoing Satyagraha by farmers in Odisha. Unfortunately, a large section of the mainstream media has remained indifferent to the protest which has entered the 8th day with the farmers launching a Rail Roko on Monday.…

Media under Modi Challenges before free press in the world’s so called largest democracy

I am here to make a case that India, which is known as the world’s so-called largest democracy is currently going through an era of self-imposed media censorship under a right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government. This has not only made the working environment of journalists in India extremely challenging, but the problem…

Social Media & Contemporary Journalism How to Spot and Stop Fake News

On February 27, 2018 when CJP Secretary, Teesta Setalvad arrived at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth to conduct a workshop on how Fake News is spread and what can be done to stop it, her scheduled program was derailed by members of ABVP with tacit support from the police. While Masscommunication Students of the University bravely…

Does NIA know Difference between Journalists & PROs: NWMI Demands justice for illegally detained photo-journalist

The following is a Press Release from the Network of Women in Media (NWMI) in response to the National Investigation Agency’s ‘advice’ to journalists to cover ‘developmental activity’ by government.   The NWMI is shocked to read that the NIA has laid down what it considers to be the “moral duty of a journalist”, in…

By Kavita Lankesh
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