India / Asia

Journalists attacked in India since 1992

  
Aasif Sultan, Fahad Shah, Sajad Gul

Kashmir media at a ‘breaking point’ amid rising number of journalist detentions

Sajad Gul’s mother had prepared his favorite dishes as she anxiously awaited his return home. The Kashmiri journalist, who had been granted bail the day before, on January 15, 2022, was to be released following his arrest earlier that month in a criminal conspiracy case, according to a journalist friend who spoke on condition of…

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CPJ joins call for Indian government to end attacks on the press

On World Press Freedom Day, Tuesday, May 3, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined nine other press freedom and human rights organizations in a statement calling on the government of India, led by the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, to address the rapidly deteriorating state of press freedom throughout the country and in Indian-administered Jammu…

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Indian authorities raid The Kashmir Walla, arrest contributor over 2011 article

New Delhi, April 18, 2022 – Authorities in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir must stop prosecuting The Kashmir Walla’s staff and contributors for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. The State Investigation Agency (SIA) in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir arrested Abdul Aala Fazili, a former contributor to privately owned news portal The Kashmir…

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Indian police beat and detain journalists Kanishk Tiwari and Aditya Singh Bhadauria

New Delhi, April 12, 2022 – Indian authorities should thoroughly and transparently investigate the recent police beating of journalists Kanishk Tiwari and Aditya Singh Bhadauria, and hold the officers responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On April 2, police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh arrested Tiwari, a reporter, and…

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Journalist Aasif Sultan is seen outside Saddar Court in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on September 8, 2018. (Photo by Muzamil Mattoo)

Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan granted bail, then re-arrested under preventative detention law

New Delhi, April 11, 2022 – Authorities in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir must immediately and unconditionally release Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan and cease detaining journalists for their work and subjecting them to legal harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On Sunday, April 10, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir re-arrested Sultan, a journalist with…

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Indian authorities arrest 2 journalists over coverage of leaked school exams; reporters attacked covering Delhi demonstration

New Delhi, April 7, 2022 – Indian authorities should release journalists Ajit Ojha and Digvijay Singh immediately, drop their investigation into journalist Meer Faisal, and ensure that members of the press can work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On March 30, police in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district arrested Ojha and…

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Indian journalist Rana Ayyub on facing death threats and a money laundering probe

Rana Ayyub, is one of India’s most high-profile investigative journalists, with a Washington Post column, a Substack newsletter, a popular Twitter presence with an audience of 1.5 million, as well as a controversial 2016 book alleging that government officials were implicated in the 2002 riots that killed Muslims in Gujarat. But in recent months Indian…

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CPJ condemns ‘unjustified’ block on journalist Rana Ayyub leaving India

New Delhi, March 30, 2022 – Indian authorities should immediately reverse their decision to block journalist Rana Ayyub from traveling outside India, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Tuesday, immigration officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the western city of Mumbai stopped Ayyub, an investigative journalist and a Washington Post commentator…

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Indian authorities arrest journalist Nilesh Sharma, re-arrest Fahad Shah

New Delhi, March 9, 2022 – Authorities in Chhattisgarh state and the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir region must immediately release journalists Nilesh Sharma and Fahad Shah and drop all investigations launched based on their journalistic work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On March 2, police in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur arrested Sharma, editor of…

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Indian authorities arrest journalists Kishor Ram and Fahad Shah

New Delhi, March 1, 2022 – Authorities in Uttarakhand and Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir must release journalists Kishor Ram and Fahad Shah immediately and cease arresting members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On February 23, police in the northern state of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district arrested Ram, a reporter with the…

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