Bhupesh Baghel

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 15, 2019. CPJ called on Bhagel to ensure that police drop charges against journalist Dilip Sharma. (Photo via Indian prime minister's official website)

Journalist facing incitement charges for reporting on alleged power blackouts in central India

New Delhi, June 19, 2019 — Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel should immediately intervene to ensure that police drop charges against journalist Dilip Sharma and direct officials in his state to respect press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Voters line up at a polling station in Sukma in Chhattisgarh state on November 12, 2018. The state's newly elected state minister is setting up a committee to draft a journalist safety law. (AFP)

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

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 charges. A police commander said that…

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