Sumit Galhotra

Sumit Galhotra is the research associate for CPJ's Asia program. He served as CPJ's inaugural Steiger Fellow and has worked for CNN International, Amnesty International USA, and Human Rights Watch. He has reported from London, India, and Israel and the Occupied Territories, and specializes in human rights and South Asia.

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Closure of news outlets signals further erosion of media freedom in the Maldives

July 12, 2016 11:40 AM ET

News outlets in the Maldives are closing down, one after another. The story at each publication is different, sometimes complicated, but the outcome is the same: journalists are facing a tougher time doing their jobs....

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Bangladesh should take urgent steps to protect freedom of expression

June 13, 2016 7:01 AM ET

The U.N. Human Rights Council will convene in Geneva for its next session today. Ahead of this meeting, international groups working on press freedom and freedom of expression, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, made a joint submission to the council calling for urgent and concrete steps to reverse the...

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In Pakistan, continued risk of violence means press takes every threat seriously

April 1, 2016 2:44 PM ET

"Everyone will get their turn in this war, especially the slave Pakistani media," warned Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban on Twitter this week. "We are just waiting for the appropriate time."...

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Slideshow: Remembering Avijit Roy, one year after blogger's murder in Dhaka

February 25, 2016 4:01 PM ET

On the day Avijit Roy was murdered in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, I had only just left the country. When I arrived in India later that day a Bangladeshi journalist broke the news to me that Roy had been hacked to death and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, also a blogger,...

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79 cases and counting: Legal challenges pile up for Daily Star editor who admitted error in judgment

February 23, 2016 4:44 PM ET

When Mahfuz Anam, editor of one of Bangladesh's most respected newspapers, admitted recently to a lapse in editorial judgment several years ago, he could not have predicted the legal backlash that would ensue. Anam's admission that he published unsubstantiated information accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of corruption has led...

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Court reporters beaten by lawyers in latest attack on press freedom in India

February 19, 2016 4:47 PM ET

Attacks this week against journalists covering a high-profile sedition case have heightened concerns about the state of press freedom in India. CPJ has reported frequently on journalists there coming under attack from police, criminals, politicians, and others. Now lawyers have to be added to the list....

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'I kept telling them I'm a journalist but they kept beating me': Photographer beaten at Delhi protest

February 9, 2016 11:24 AM ET

As police cracked down on protesters in Delhi during recent protests over the treatment of Dalits, who occupy the lowest rungs of India's caste ladder, journalists were caught in the fray. The protests were sparked by the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a student who had been barred from halls...

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One year on, challenges remain for press in Indonesia

December 21, 2015 10:20 AM ET

"Change does not come overnight," President Joko Widodo's right-hand man, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, told an international delegation of 10 media and freedom of expression groups that visited Indonesia last month....

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In India, politics of beef and rising intolerance threaten press freedom

November 3, 2015 4:07 PM ET

The violence over the tightening of laws banning the consumption of beef in parts of India and debate over the reach of a right-wing Hindu agenda are having an impact on press freedom. An editor who wrote about the benefits of beef was fired last week, journalists have received...

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Indian journalist named on hit list as threats against critical voices escalate

September 25, 2015 12:58 PM ET

"These people will kill you," Nikhil Wagle, a prominent journalist in India, told me as we discussed reports of him being named as a target by a member of a hard-line Hindu group who is being questioned by police over the murder of a writer....

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