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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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