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Journalists threatened and harassed after numbers leaked online Bid to curtail Press Freedom?

Several Indian journalists, known for their liberal and secular views, became victims of doxxing when their numbers were leaked and circulated, allegedly by right-wing social media trolls. Barkha Dutt, Abhisar Sharma, Rajdeep Sardesai and many others, have since then received threats of violence and abusive messages on their phones. Is this a conspiracy against media…

Justice Chandrachud on Why the Constitution Matters Firebrand Supreme Court Justice denounces Mob Lynching and Criminalisation of Dissent

Supreme Court Justice D Y Chandrachud, who is best known for penning dissenting judgments in landmark cases like Aadhaar and the arrest of well-known human rights activists, (where he stated “Dissent is the Safety Valve of Democracy“), reaffirmed his fierce commitment to defending constitutional values and democratic principles, with an extraordinary speech in Mumbai. Speaking…

Facing the Threat of Imminent Arrest Dr Anand Teltumbde speaks to Teesta Setalvad

Following police raids at his home last year, well known author, activist and Dalit intellectual Dr Anand Teltumbde now faces the threat of imminent arrest. His name figures in the largely discredited ‘Bhima Koregaon’ case of the Pune Police which makes a link between the Elgar Parishad held in Pune on 31st December 2017, activities…

नब्बे प्रतिशत मीडिया सिर्फ दस प्रतिशत लोगों को कवरेज दे रहा है: आरफा खानम Netizens for Democracy

आरफा खानम उन चंद पत्रकारों  में से एक हैं जो खुल कर हिंदुत्ववादी राजनीती का विरोध करतीं है, जो मोदीराज में भी सच्ची पत्रकारिता पर विश्वास रखतीं है।  इसके फ़लस्वरूप उन्हें organized trolling का निशाना बनाया जाता है।  एक अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय की महिला होने की वजह से भी हर कदम पर उन्हें कई कठिनाओं का…

सामाजिक द्वेष से लड़ने के लिए आपस में बातचीत करना ज़रूरी है: दुर्गेश पाठक Netizens for Democracy

अपने सांगठनिक कौशल के लिए चर्चा में रहने वाले आम आदमी पार्टी के दुर्गेश पाठक से CJP ने की यह ख़ास बातचीत। इस बातचीत में दुर्गेश फेक न्यूज़ और मोदीराज में फैले सामाजिक द्वेष से कैसे लड़े इसपर अपना मत रख रहे है। दुर्गेश कहते हैं की हमें आपस में बातचीत करने की ज़रुरत है…

पत्रकार नफरत का ज़रिया न बने: अभिसार शर्मा Netizens For Democracy

जाने माने पत्रकार अभिसार शर्मा अपनी खरी बोली के लिए जाने जाते है। जहाँ मोदीराज में सच बोलना ही गुनाह है, वहां अपना फ़र्ज़ निभाने के लिए अभिसार को एक नौकरी गवानी पड़ी। इस ख़ास बात चीत में पहली बार अभिसार खुल के बताते है की कैसे IB उनका पीछा करती है, कैसे पत्रकार खुद…

Peaceful critics of the government face widespread prosecution in Myanmar: HRW

In a recently released report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Myanmar’s “first democratically elected civilian government in decades has prosecuted large numbers of peaceful critics in violation of basic human rights,” according to the announcement of the report, which explained that the report “documents the use of broad and vaguely worded laws against activists,…

We have to Fiercely Defend any Attack on Free Speech: Sanjukta Basu Netizens for Democracy urges Liberal and Secular Voices to Unite on Social Media

Writer, photographer and political analyst Sanjukta Basu is one of India’s feistiest troll-slayers on social media. In this EXCLUSIVE interview, she tell us how to navigate the social media minefield without losing one’s humanity, dignity or sanity.   Q) What is the most terrifying thing about social media today? Can this beast be tamed? A)…

CJP condemns attempts to stifle Democratic Voices in Assam Sedition charges against Dr. Hiren Gohain are ridiculous!

As protests erupt all across India’s North East over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, an attempt is being made to stifle democratic voices like that of eminent intellectual Dr Hiren Gohain. As one of Assam’s tallest intellectuals who represents the pulse of the state, it is rather ridiculous to accuse him for sedition. Citizens for Justice…

Free Speech in India 2018 The State Rolls On

A Report by the FreeSpeechCollective Overview: The State flexes its muscles, other assaults continue unabated Free speech in India came under attack on all fronts in 2018. Alarmingly, even as assaults continued unabated, the State was all set to take on the mantle of the chief censor with repressive regulatory and surveillance mechanisms being put in place…

गुमराह करने वाले न्यूज़ चैनलों के ख़िलाफ़ करें शिकायत घृणास्पद या उत्तेजक विषय प्रसारित करने वाले समाचार चैनलों के ख़िलाफ़ शिकायत कैसे दर्ज करें

जनता से जुड़े मुद्दों पर निष्पक्ष, सच उजागर करते और ईमानदार नज़रिए से लबरेज़ कार्यक्रमों का लगातार कम होता जाना, अब समाचार चैनलों में परिपाटी सा बन गया है. नज़रिए और नीयत की ये गिरावट कोई नई बात भी नहीं है. कुछ समाचार चैनल नियमित रूप से ऐसी सामग्रियों का प्रसारण कर रहे हैं जो…

Gauri Lankesh memorialised as Journalist killed in Line of Duty Honoured in France as part of Bayeux-Calvados Awards

On October 8, 2018 fearless Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh was honoured at a memorial commemorating reporters killed on duty at the Bayeux-Calvados Awards held in France. The Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents (Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre) is an annual prize awarded since 1994, by the city of Bayeux and the General Council of Calvados. Its goal is to pay tribute…

Deaths of reporters in Afghanistan hit record numbers

The number of journalists and media workers who have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018 is 14, AFP reported on September 21, saying that this makes “the country the deadliest in the world for the media.” 13 of these were journalists, which is “the highest number killed in Afghanistan in a single year” since the…

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…

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