Dangerous pursuit

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This report was written by Sumit Galhotra, CPJ’s Asia Program senior research associate, and Raksha Kumar, a freelance journalist in India. Galhotra has participated in reporting and advocacy missions to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Nepal on behalf of the organization. Prior to joining CPJ, he was awarded the prestigious Margaret Moth Fellowship at CNN International, and his reporting has taken him to Israel, Palestine, India, South Africa, and the U.K. Kumar is an award-winning multimedia journalist with a focus on human rights and politics in India. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Foreign Affairs, and South China Morning Post.

P. Sainath, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the People’s Archive of Rural India, wrote the report’s foreword, “Journalism as well as journalists in danger from failure to stand up for India’s press.” The reporter and author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought has won several international awards for his coverage of human rights and public welfare issues, including the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism and the Ramon Magsaysay Prize.

Geeta Seshu, the Mumbai-based consulting editor of media watch website The Hoot, contributed research for the appendix of killed journalists included in this report, and Aayush Soni, a freelance journalist in New Delhi who has written for Indian and international news outlets, contributed the sidebar, “Pursuit of truth comes at heavy price for India’s Right to Information activists.”