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Lawyer Mishi Choudhury on what India shutdowns ruling means for journalists

January 16, 2020 3:46 PM ET

On January 14, the Jammu and Kashmir administration partially restored mobile internet in a handful of districts, according to news reports. The administration, which is directly controlled by the Indian government, had imposed a complete communication ban in the restive region after withdrawing its special status under the Indian...

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‘I feel like a weight has been lifted’ freelance journalist Santosh Yadav says as Chhattisgarh court ends four-year legal nightmare

January 8, 2020 11:54 AM ET

On January 2, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav got his life back when the National Investigation Agency court in Jagdalpur acquitted him of charges of helping Maoists militants. The ruling marked the end of a legal nightmare that lasted over four years for Yadav, who says that he was threatened...

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India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter

October 24, 2019 1:30 AM ET

On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the...

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Kashmir’s news media faces existential crisis amid restrictions, arrests

September 24, 2019 12:54 PM ET

On August 5, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir after stripping the state of its limited autonomous status under the Indian constitution. A month later as the restrictions continued, CPJ India Correspondent Kunal Majumder traveled to Srinagar, Kashmir’s...

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In Kashmir, obstruction, confiscated equipment, and hand-carrying stories and photos on flash drive

August 8, 2019 5:20 PM ET

“You are from the press, you are not allowed,” a local Kashmiri news editor says Indian security forces told him yesterday at one of the dozens of checkpoints set up across the region....

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Kashmir Times feels the strain of government advertising ban

June 26, 2019 5:38 PM ET

In a Q&A with CPJ, Anuradha Bhasin, the executive editor of Kashmir Times, talks about the impact a government advertising ban on the daily has had on the way its journalists are able to report the news....

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Results of India's election climate for journalist safety are in

May 23, 2019 3:47 PM ET

Journalists across India are at risk of physical and digital attack in retaliation for their reporting. And during election campaigns, these dangers can increase. As the country went to the polls in recent weeks, CPJ's India correspondent Kunal Majumder traveled to Guwahati, Imphal, Agartala, Raipur, Bijapur, and Hyderabad to...

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Journalists fighting fake news during Indian election face threats, abuse

May 21, 2019 1:15 PM ET

The six-week-long voting period in India's national and provincial elections concluded this week, with results expected on Thursday, according to news reports. For journalists, the campaign has brought a familiar deluge of online abuse....

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Chhattisgarh's plan for journalist safety law could be template for all India

February 15, 2019 12:32 PM ET

Every day for two years, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav must walk the 50 or so yards from his home to the Darbha village police station in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, to sign a register. Just one missed day could immediately land him back in prison as he awaits trial on anti-terror...

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Weight of legal cases and threats leave India's journalists feeling exposed and alone

April 10, 2018 10:00 AM ET

The media is in the worst state India has ever seen. That is how several journalists described the current climate in dozens of conversations with CPJ during a trip to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi earlier this year. While the threats they outlined--political pressure, self-censorship, defamation suits, and attacks--are not...

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