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Indian police open criminal investigation into The Wire and 3 journalists

New Delhi, June 16, 2021 — Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state must immediately drop their criminal investigation into journalists Rana Ayyub, Saba Naqvi, and Mohammed Zubair, and the independent news website The Wire, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh police filed a criminal complaint stating that they were opening a…

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CPJ calls on Indian authorities to release journalist Siddique Kappan, drop all charges

New Delhi, June 16, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the decision by a court in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district to drop a breach of peace charge against journalist Siddique Kappan, and urged authorities to drop all other charges against him and release him immediately. “The Mathura court’s…

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Indian journalist Sulabh Srivastava dies 1 day after filing complaint over threats

New Delhi, June 15, 2021 — Authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death of journalist Sulabh Srivastava, and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the evening of June 13, Srivastava, a reporter with the…

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Indian journalist Ganji Raghu arrested for alleged rioting

New Delhi, June 9, 2021 — Authorities in the Indian state of Telangana should immediately release journalist Ganji Raghu and drop any criminal investigation into his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 3, masked men in plain clothes grabbed Raghu, a reporter with the news website Tolivelugu, outside his home in…

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CPJ sends letter calling on EU to address press freedom in India summit

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen European Commission Rue de la Loi 200 1049 Brussels Belgium President of the European Council Charles Michel Rue de la Loi 175 1048 Brussels Belgium May 6, 2021 Sent via email Dear President von der Leyen and President Michel, The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent non-governmental organization…

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Journalists struggle to work amid extended internet shutdowns in Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kashmir

By CPJ Africa and Asia Program Staff Even a brief shutdown of the internet impedes the press from doing its job. But some disruptions last for months, severely undermining safety and access to information, CPJ has found. Recently, authorities have imposed such measures in Myanmar and Ethiopia amid serious crises. India leads the world in internet…

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Jailed Indian journalist Siddique Kappan hospitalized after contracting COVID-19

New Delhi, April 21, 2021 – Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state should immediately release journalist Siddique Kappan from custody and allow him to freely seek medical treatment for COVID-19, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kappan collapsed in the Mathura Jail yesterday, where he is held pending trial, and today he tested positive…

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Digital media rules empower Indian government to censor online news

Digital news sites in India are on edge and expecting the worst after the government promulgated news rules in February, bringing them under regulation and further endangering the environment for press freedom in the country. The rules, in essence, give the government powers to censor website content, with little chance for appeal. In interviews with…

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Indian journalist Sandhya Ravishankar describes ‘conflict zone for female journalists’ ahead of Tamil Nadu elections

Political campaigning in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has hit a fever pitch as the state prepares for elections on April 6. The contest is between political alliances led by the incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the main opposition party. The campaigns pose heightened…

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CPJ joins calls for tech firms and Indian government to ensure free access to information

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined nine other human rights and free expression groups in a statement urging social media platforms to respect human rights, and for the Indian government to withdraw new regulations that could stifle free speech online. The statement listed some of the Indian government’s recent efforts to silence criticism and…

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