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Uttar Pradesh starts criminal probe into The Wire editor for alleged 'discord' during COVID-19 lockdown

April 2, 2020 1:25 PM ET

New Delhi, April 2, 2020—Police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh should immediately withdraw criminal complaints against Siddharth Vardarajan, editor of news website The Wire, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The police opened a criminal investigation into Vardarajan on accusations of spreading discord, enmity, and rumors...

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Indian Supreme Court denies government request for prior censorship of COVID-19 news

March 31, 2020 5:41 PM ET

New Delhi, March 31, 2020 – The Indian government should stop trying to censor news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists assaulted by police amid coronavirus lockdown in India

March 24, 2020 4:30 PM ET

New Delhi, March 24, 2020 – Authorities in India must stop assaulting journalists and allow them to do their work freely and without restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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India temporarily bans 2 news channels over coverage of Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 2:25 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- The Indian government should immediately lift the 48-hour ban imposed on Malayalam-language news channels Asianet News and MediaOne TV, and must stop arbitrarily censoring coverage of sensitive topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Indian reporter M. Karthi attacked, threatened in Tamil Nadu

March 6, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 -- Indian authorities must swiftly and transparently investigate an attack on journalist M. Karthi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists harassed, attacked while covering Delhi riots

March 6, 2020 11:40 AM ET

More than a dozen journalists were harassed or physically attacked while covering riots that broke out in northeast Delhi in late February 2020, according to news reports and journalists and their colleagues, who spoke to CPJ....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in India

February 25, 2020 3:25 PM ET

Also available in हिंदी में and اردو میں Demonstrations are continuing across India following the introduction of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019, as reported by The Guardian. Violence has escalated with at least four people killed yesterday, and at least 10 people killed and over...

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Indian journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani receives death threats after BJP officials share edited video

February 24, 2020 3:25 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2020 -- Bharatiya Janata Party officials must cease inciting online harassment against journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, and Indian authorities should ensure that threats against journalists are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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After WhatsApp spyware allegations, Indian journalists demand government transparency

February 24, 2020 9:06 AM ET

In the summer of 2019, Saroj Giri was preparing a lecture on the panopticon—an 18th century system to surveil an entire prison from a single viewpoint—when a message lit up his phone. It was from WhatsApp, warning Giri that someone had tried to hack the popular messaging app to...

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Journalist Valley Rose Hungyo on running the only daily newspaper for Nagas in Manipur

February 20, 2020 5:11 PM ET

Editor Valley Rose Hungyo founded the bilingual Tangkhul and English Aja Daily, the only daily newspaper among the Naga people in India’s northeastern Manipur state, in the early 1990s with her late husband. They saw a need for a Naga-language paper, amid a media scene in the state dominated...

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