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Journalists attacked in India since 1992


Authorities in India continue to investigate, detain journalists amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local authorities across India filed legal notices against, questioned, or detained at least eight journalists between March 29, 2020, and May 17, 2020, amid the country’s lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to CPJ interviews with the journalists and media reports. According to Om Sharma, a journalist with Hindi daily Divya Himachal in…

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is seen in Gandhinagar, India, on December 26, 2017. Journalist Dhaval Patel was recently arrested and charged over his coverage of Rupani. (Reuters/Amit Dave)

Indian journalist Dhaval Patel arrested, charged with sedition

New Delhi, May 13, 2020 — Authorities in Gujarat must immediately release journalist Dhaval Patel and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Mumbai, India, on March 23, 2020. Several journalists were recently detained or attacked amid the coronavirus lockdown in India. (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

Journalists detained, assaulted in India during COVID-19 lockdown

On April 11, 2020, police in the Bandipora district of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state arrested Mushtaq Ganaie, a reporter with the English-language privately held daily Kashmir Observer, on allegations of obstructing police, violating the COVID-19 lockdown, and spreading the virus, according to Ganaie, who spoke to CPJ via phone, and a report by his…

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CPJ, 73 media and rights groups urge Asian heads of state to release jailed journalists

Given that a staggering number of imprisoned journalists are held in jails across the Asian continent, CPJ and other groups call on leaders of these countries to release them at this time of grave public health concern.

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Police are seen in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India, on April 5, 2020. Tamil Nadu police recently arrested journalist Andrew Sam Raja Pandian. (AFP/Arun Sankar)

Police in India’s Tamil Nadu state arrest journalist over COVID-19 coverage

New Delhi, April 24, 2020 — Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state must immediately release journalist Andrew Sam Raja Pandian and drop their investigation into his outlet’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Akash Yadav, center, a Varanasi-based journalist with Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar spoke to CPJ India Correspondent Kunal Majumder about being a victim of both local police and a private hospital lobby. (Somi Das)

Mission Journal: Journalists in India’s Uttar Pradesh say threat of attack or prosecution looms large

Also available in हिंदी में On March 26, two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown to control the spreading of COVID-19, Hindi-language daily Jansandesh Times reported that a tribe in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh state, didn’t have enough to eat due to the sudden announcement and that children were eating grass.…

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AFP photographer Diptendu Dutta works during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in Siliguri, India, on April 10, 2020. Freelance journalists have faced risks to their lives and livelihoods amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP)

Freelance journalists risk lives and livelihoods amid COVID-19 pandemic

Johannesburg-based freelance journalist Yeshiel Panchia was on his way to cover a story about a local developer who had found a way to keep his wage laborers employed during South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown by letting them live on the construction site so that they didn’t have to leave “home” in contravention of strict rules.

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Police officers are seen Srinagar, Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state, on March 31, 2020. Jammu and Kashmir police recently launched an investigation into journalist Gowhar Geelani. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Jammu and Kashmir police launch investigation into journalist Gowhar Geelani

New Delhi, April 22, 2020 — Authorities in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir should stop harassing journalists with police investigations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Kashimiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra. (Masrat Zahra)

Jammu and Kashmir police launch investigations into 2 journalists

New Delhi, April 20, 2020 — Authorities in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir must immediately stop harassing journalists Masrat Zahra and Peerzada Ashiq, and let them report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Indian journalist Gautam Navlakha is seen in Srinagar on December 6, 2012. The Indian Supreme Court recently ordered Navlakha to turn himself in to a prison, which he said he fears due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Journalist Gautam Navlakha tells CPJ he fears imprisonment amid COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, April 9, 2020 — Indian authorities should stop pursuing the arrest of journalist Gautam Navlakha, and should cease holding journalists in jail during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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