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Police open criminal investigation into Indian journalist Vishweshwar Bhat

June 7, 2019 11:40 AM ET

On May 26, 2019, Bengaluru police opened a criminal investigation into Vishweshwar Bhat, the editor-in-chief of privately owned Kannada-language newspaper Vishwavani, after a complaint was filed against him by a member of the state's ruling Janata Dal (Secular) party, according to Indian news portal The News Minute....

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Indian journalist Pratap Patra attacked over sand mining investigation

June 4, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New Delhi, June 4, 2019 -- Indian authorities should swiftly investigate the attack on journalist Pratap Patra and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured in election-related violence in West Bengal

May 10, 2019 10:43 AM ET

New Delhi, May 9, 2019 -- The chief election officer of West Bengal should immediately intervene to prevent attacks on journalists covering the ongoing elections in the state, and the state government should ensure that those involved in the attacks are held accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Indian court gags news outlets from reporting 'derogatory' information about candidate

April 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

A Bengaluru court on March 30, 2019, issued a gag order to 44 Indian news outlets as well as Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo, barring the outlets and platforms from publishing "defamatory and derogatory" content about Tejasvi Surya, a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to independent...

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India elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

March 22, 2019 1:28 PM ET

India is scheduled to hold national and provincial elections from April 11 to May 19, 2019. As the country celebrates over 70 years of democracy, journalists are under pressure from attacks, harassment, cyber bullying, and government restrictions. At least five journalists were killed in relation to their work in...

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Indian court issues fine, threatens jail time over opinion piece

March 11, 2019 4:48 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned a fine imposed by the Meghalaya state High Court on the publisher and editor of Meghalaya-based daily The Shillong Times....

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Indian government threatens to invoke Official Secrets Act against news outlets

March 11, 2019 2:29 PM ET

The government of Narendra Modi, through Attorney General K K Venugopal, on March 6, 2019, threatened to invoke the Official Secrets Act against daily newspaper The Hindu and news agency Asian News International (ANI) for critical reporting on a fighter jet deal in which the government has been accused...

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Jammu and Kashmir government pulls advertisements from two major newspapers

February 26, 2019 1:34 PM ET

New Delhi, February 26, 2019--The state government of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir should reinstate its advertisements in two major local newspapers or provide an acceptable explanation concerning its decision not to do so, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who runs...

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CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to drop charges against journalist

February 7, 2019 11:53 AM ET

New York, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist Aasif Sultan and release him from jail after local news outlets reported that formal charges were filed against him today....

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Indian TV crew assaulted by Hindu far-right protesters over Sabarimala shrine coverage

February 1, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Two journalists from independent Telugu-language news channel Mojo TV were harassed and assaulted by members of a right-wing group in the city of Hyderabad, India, on January 23, 2019, one of the reporters told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reporter Prathibha Priyadarshani Mukkera and camera person Bhanu Mudhiraj were...

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