India's press threatened, attacked

Journalists in India are being beaten, harassed, and threatened. Sindhu Sooryakumar, a news anchor in Kerala state, says she received thousands of threatening calls after hosting a discussion on her show "Cover Story." In unrelated cases in Chhattisgarh BBC Hindi Service reporter Alok Prakash Putul and freelancer Malini Subramaniam fled Bastar district over concerns for their safety. A photojournalist covering protests in Delhi, right, says police beat him, and reporters at a court in the city report being beaten by lawyers.

Rahul M.

Alerts   |   India

Second Indian journalist arrested in Chhattisgarh in one week

New York, March 28, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Indian authorities to release journalist Deepak Jaiswal, and to cease harassing and jailing journalists for their work. Police arrested Jaiswal, a reporter for the Hindi-language daily Dainadini, in the Bastar region of the central Indian state Chhattisgarh on Saturday. He is at least the second journalist police arrested in the state in a week.

March 28, 2016 4:40 PM ET


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Journalist arrest another sign of deteriorating climate for press in Chhattisgarh

New York, March 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh to immediately release Prabhat Singh, a reporter for the Hindi daily Patrika, who was arrested in the south Bastar region Monday, and to investigate a claim that he was mistreated in custody. Singh's arrest comes as two journalists were forced to flee the region, and two others have been jailed for months.

March 22, 2016 5:36 PM ET


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Indian television news anchor receives thousands of threatening phone calls

New York, March 2, 2016 - Indian authorities should investigate threats made against a television journalist in the state of Kerala and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. News anchor Sindhu Sooryakumar has received thousands of threatening phone calls following a broadcast she hosted last week, she told reporters.

March 2, 2016 5:09 PM ET


Alerts   |   India

Press freedom crisis in India's Chhattisgarh state deepens as two journalists flee Bastar

New York, February 29, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the deteriorating climate for the press in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh and calls on authorities to ensure that journalists can work there without fear of intimidation. In recent weeks, two journalists have fled the district of Bastar out of concern for their safety, and lawyers defending imprisoned journalists have been evicted from their offices.

Blog   |   India

Court reporters beaten by lawyers in latest attack on press freedom in India

Lawyers scuffle outside a Delhi court on Wednesday. Several journalists say they were beaten by lawyers at the court in the past week. (AP/Tsering Topgyal)

Attacks this week against journalists covering a high-profile sedition case have heightened concerns about the state of press freedom in India. CPJ has reported frequently on journalists there coming under attack from police, criminals, politicians, and others. Now lawyers have to be added to the list.

Alerts   |   India

Indian journalist fatally shot

New York, February 16, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on investigators in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, to act quickly to bring the killers of journalist Karun Misra to justice.

February 16, 2016 3:01 PM ET


Alerts   |   India

Mob attacks Indian journalist's home, threatens her with death

New York, February 10, 2016--Indian authorities should immediately investigate the harassment of and threats against journalist Malini Subramaniam, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 10, 2016 3:36 PM ET


Blog   |   India

'I kept telling them I'm a journalist but they kept beating me': Photographer beaten at Delhi protest

Rahul says he heard police give the order to charge before rushing at students at the Delhi protest. (Rahul M.)

As police cracked down on protesters in Delhi during recent protests over the treatment of Dalits, who occupy the lowest rungs of India's caste ladder, journalists were caught in the fray. The protests were sparked by the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a student who had been barred from halls of residence and parts of campus, according to news reports.

February 9, 2016 11:24 AM ET


Letters   |   India

Coalition calls for release of two journalists in Chhattisgarh, India

A coalition of free expression and human rights advocacy groups led by the Committee to Protect Journalists wrote to Chief Minister Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh to ask him to intervene to ensure that police and prosecutors swiftly release journalists Somaru Nag and Santosh Yadav.

January 19, 2016 6:00 PM ET


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