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Sedition Law: Crushing Dissent in India since 1833 Colonial era law to keep freedom fighters in check, now used in free India to silence dissenters

There is no doubt that the founding philosophy of administration in India is based upon the pre-independence British rule, and our Indian Constitution does hold true many laws that then existed. However, the British Law in India and the Indian Constitution are widely divergent in letter and in spirit. The Government of India Act, and subsequent acts…

Mumbai stands up to an Oppressive Regime Protests against the nationwide crackdown on dissenting voices

Civil society groups, activists, students and citizens gathered in Mumbai on September 5, the first death anniversary of journalist Gauri Lankesh, to honour her by continuing her legacy of speaking truth to power, in wake of the State’s unprecedented crackdown on civil and political rights activists. Hundreds of people turned up outside Dadar Railway Station…

Gauri Lankesh remembered on First Death Anniversary Activists demand action against Sanatan Sanstha, Right-wing groups launch counter protest

Hundreds of activists, journalists, civil society members as well as ordinary citizens gathered in Bangalore to pay homage to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh on her first death anniversary. They also demanded that the Sanatan Sanstha, a right wing supremacist group whose members are allegedly involved in the conspiracy to murder Lankesh, be declared a terrorist…

हेट वॉच- धर्म संसद में हुए नफ़रतपूर्ण भाषणों के ख़िलाफ़ CJP ने दर्ज कराई शिकायत हिंसा भड़काने व सामंजस्य बिगाड़ने वालों पर हम कड़ी कार्यवाही की मांग करते हैं

बीते जुलाई महीने की 22 तारीख़ को हरियाणा में एक धार्मिक सभा का आयोजन हुआ जिसे धर्म संसद कहा गया. इस सभा में ऐसे बहुतेरों को मंच मिला जो भारतीय समाज के सुद्रिण ताने-बाने को तोड़ने की, लोगों को समुदायों में बाँट देने की, उत्पात, हिंसा और नफ़रत फैलाने की बात करते हैं. CJP ने…

Complaint against Zee News

Hate Watch: CJP files complaint over hate-filled Zee News show Seeks action from NBSA against violence-inducing content

CJP has filed an official complaint with the NBSA over ‘inciteful’ and violence-inducing content aired by Zee News. We took note after Zee News saw fit to air divisive content on June 30, 2018, during its ‘Kya Kehta Hai India’ programme. The show, a poetry meet or kavi sammelan, featured multiple poets who called for widespread violence…

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No ‘complete ban’ on protests at Jantar Mantar: SC Big win for Freedom of Expression

On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that there could not be a “complete ban” on protests at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, and directed the Central Government to formulate guidelines regarding protests. The ruling came after a petition was filed by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), challenging a 2017 order by the…

CJP builds long legacy of fighting hate

CJP in Action: Hate Watch CJP builds on its long legacy of fighting hate

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) was founded in April 2002, in response to the massacre in Gujarat. Born out of the desire to stop hatred, CJP was founded on the constitutional values of harmony, dialogue, and understanding between all sections of Indians. Our campaign against hatred and hate speech is an effort to bring…

Taking Errant News Broadcasters to Task How to file a complaint against news channels airing hateful or inciteful content

It is not new to see news channels, created to broadcast an honest and unbiased view of the world to the masses, tumbling in their work. Some news channels now are presenting aggressive, biased and allegedly dishonest content to the public on a regular basis. These news channels are required to follow a certain set…

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Hate Watch: CJP writes to Zee News Seeks action against hate filled poetry show

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has written to the Zee Media Corporation after its channel, Zee News, saw fit to air a divisive programme on June 30, 2018, on its ‘Kya Kehta Hai India’ segment. The programme featured multiple poets who called for widespread violence against the population of Jammu and Kashmir, with no…

Witch hunt against Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar continues JNU panel upholds Khalid's rustication and Kumar's fine

An inquiry committee set up by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to look into allegations of “anti-national” slogans raised at a protest held on campus in February 2016, has now upheld the recommendation to rusticate student leader Umar Khalid and impose a fine on Kanhaiya Kumar. This decision has outraged the student community that has…

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.…

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