India

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Number of journalists imprisoned around the world sets new record

China remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists; India and Mexico rank among the deadliest New York December 9, 2021–The number of journalists behind bars reached a record high in 2021, with 293 behind bars as political upheaval and media crackdowns reflect increasing intolerance for independent reporting around the world. At the same time, targeted…

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CPJ launches safety guide for journalists covering Indian state elections

Journalist safety advice available in multiple languages New York, March 8, 2021—The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a new India election safety guide for editors, journalists, and photographers covering events leading up to legislative assembly elections in the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry. This year has already been marked…

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Tomorrow: CPJ in conversation with poet Rupi Kaur on press freedom and farmers’ protests in India

New York, February 8, 2021—Tomorrow, CPJ’s Senior Asia Researcher Aliya Iftikhar will join celebrated poet Rupi Kaur and Indian journalist Mandeep Punia for an in-depth conversation on the ongoing farmers’ protests and press freedom in India. CPJ has documented threats to the press covering the protests in India, with multiple journalists arrested since the start…

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Journalist safety in 2020

In this unforgettably tumultuous year, journalists across the world covered the ongoing pandemic, dangerous protests, natural disasters, active conflicts, elections, and other life-changing events. The reporters, anchors, photographers, camera operators, producers, and technicians who brought 2020’s biggest stories to the public often risked their own physical safety and psychological well-being and found themselves the subjects…

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Jammu and Kashmir authorities detain journalist and editor Qazi Shibli

New Delhi, August 1, 2020 — Jammu and Kashmir police must immediately release Qazi Shibli, editor of news website The Kashmiriyat, from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Shibli was detained at the Shergarh police station in Srinagar yesterday after questioning by the police’s cybercrime division, according to news reports and a member…

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Journalist Revathi Pogadadanda at the Mojo TV office in Hyderabad in April 2019. Pogadadanda was detained by police on July 12, 2019. (Kunal Majumder/CPJ)

Hyderabad police detain Mojo TV’s Revathi Pogadadanda

Washington, D.C., July 12, 2019–Hyderabad police should immediately release journalist Revathi Pogadadanda, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pogadadanda, the founder and former CEO of independent news channel Mojo TV, was forcibly taken to a police station this morning, according to news reports.

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Police officials stand outside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in New Delhi, India, on October 26, 2018. The CBI today convicted four suspects in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti. (Altaf Hussain/Reuters)

Conviction obtained in 2002 murder of Indian journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 – India’s Central Bureau of Investigation obtained convictions today in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti, editor of the Hindi-language newspaper Poora Sach, according to news reports. The CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana state, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the religious group Dera Sacha Sauda, and…

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The Kashmir Press Club office is seen in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir state. In December 2018, foreign journalist was denied entry into India after reporting from Kashmir without government permission. (CPJ/Aliya Iftikhar)

Indian government expels two foreign journalists for visa violations

Two foreign journalists were barred from entering India for allegedly violating visa rules in late December 2018 and early January 2019, according to press reports. On December 28, 2018, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that Cathal McNaughton, the chief photographer with Reuters’ Delhi office, had been denied reentry into the country for allegedly traveling…

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An Indian flag flies in Delhi on the country's Independence Day, August 15, 2017. The Delhi High Court on May 24, 2018, issued an injunction that forbids the screening of Operation 136: Part II, a documentary that alleges more than 24 media organizations were willing to publish advantageous stories for payment, according to reports. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Indian court forbids screening of investigative documentary

New Delhi, May 25, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Delhi High Court’s decision to bar the release of the second part of an investigative documentary about news outlets allegedly being willing to accept money in exchange for favorable coverage. The court yesterday issued an injunction that forbids the screening of…

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Indian policemen stand guard behind concertina wire during a strike in the town of Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on May 21, 2018. A Kashmiri freelance photographer, Masrat Zahra, told CPJ that she has faced online harassment and threats after a photograph of her, captioned with the word

In India, Kashmiri photojournalist faces harassment, threats

Masrat Zahra, a Kashmiri freelance photographer, told CPJ that she faced online harassment and threats after a photograph of her, captioned with the word “mukhbir”–meaning “spy” or “army informer”–was circulated on social media around May 16, 2018.

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