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Reporters Without Borders: 65 journalists killed in 2017

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international non-governmental organisation that protects and defends the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, has reported that 65 journalists were killed worldwide this year. Of these, 50 were professional journalists, 7 were citizen journalists, and the remaining were media workers, according to RSF. The group has said…

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Social Media Brings to Light Cases of Human Rights Violation Stand Up for Human Rights

Social media has played a role in building people’s movements and helping create and sustain conversations that are essential for any democracy to thrive. Socio-politically relevant debates have also been amplified ever since the advent of social networking platforms. Here, three strong Indian civil society voices share how they feel social media has empowered the Indian…

Number of imprisoned journalists hits record high

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found that the number of journalists in prison globally reached a new record in 2017, exceeding the previous record in 2016. CPJ, in its annual prison census, discovered that 262 journalists are currently imprisoned, with 134 of these, or 51%, in China, Egypt, and Turkey. In 2016, the…

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Social Media helps you Fight the Good Fight Stand Up for Human Rights

Civil Society Members come together on International Day of Human Rights to highlight how social media can be used to fight the good fight. Kavita Srivastava, National Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, says social media has helped empower people to tell their own stories:   Senior Journalist and author Pradip Phanjoubam who has reported…

आज का युवा सिर्फ इंटरनेट क्रांति तक ही सीमित नहीं है : ऋचा सिंह देसी मिलेनिअल से बात चीत

युवा नेता ऋचा सिंह ने राजनीति में अपना पहला कदम एक छात्र के रूप में रखा। इलाहाबाद विश्वविद्यालय के आज़ाद भारत के इतिहास में पहली महिला अध्यक्ष के रूप में निर्वाचित होने का कीर्तिमान भी इन्ही का है। ऋचा पीएचडी की छात्रा हैं और 2016 में उन्होंने समाजवादी पार्टी से जुड़ कर राष्ट्रीय राजनीति की मुख्य…

मानवाधिकार उल्लंघन पर भारतीय टीवी मीडिया की चुप्पी विशेष आमंत्रण पर विशिष्ट ब्लॉग

हम प्राचीन और विशिष्ट दिल्ली जिमखाना में चल रहे एक हाई प्रोफाइल साहित्य उत्सव के सार्वजनिक मंच पर हैं, जो देश के सत्तारूढ़ संभ्रांत अभिजात्य वर्ग का गढ़ है, जब एक बुजुर्ग सज्जन खड़े होकर मुझ पर उग्र हो उठते हैं: ‘मैं पिछले आधे घंटे से आपकी बात सुन रहा हूं, आप एक देशद्रोही की…

Indian TV Media’s Silence on Human Rights Abuse An Exclusive Blog by Special Invitation

We are on a public stage at a high profile lit fest in the pristine and exclusive Delhi Gymkhana, home to the country’s ruling elite when an elderly gent gets up and harangues me: ‘I have been listening to you talk for the last half hour, you talk like an anti-national, we should throw you out from here!’ I…

SC’s Verdict for Free Expression Upholds Bahujan Interpretation of Political Economy: Kancha Ilaiah’s Case

The Supreme Court on Friday, October 13, refused to entertain a PIL by an advocate of Delhi seeking to impose a ban on the book Komatlu Samajika Smugglerlu (Komatlu Social Smugglers) published by Prof. Kancha Ilaiah   http://cjp.org.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/June-7-17-letter-to-DIG-CISF.pdf A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud dismissed the…

Amir Rizvi

Criminalisation of Dissent A timeline showcasing the state's clampdown on criticism and dissenting voices in 2017

Voices of dissent are being muzzled in India as the state continues its clampdown, on people and publications criticizing them, with impunity. Sometimes it is political stooges who file private complaints, other times it is the police that intervenes and demands that people take down social media posts. In many other cases, people are threatened…

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