Uttar Pradesh

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Indian journalist shot and killed after reporting on land dispute; 3 suspects arrested

New Delhi, June 23, 2020 — Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state must thoroughly and transparently investigate the killing of journalist Shubham Mani Tripathi, and ensure that all responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 19, two assailants shot and killed Tripathi, a reporter with the local Hindi…

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Authorities in India continue to investigate, detain journalists amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local authorities across India filed legal notices against, questioned, or detained at least eight journalists between March 29, 2020, and May 17, 2020, amid the country’s lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to CPJ interviews with the journalists and media reports. According to Om Sharma, a journalist with Hindi daily Divya Himachal in…

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Akash Yadav, center, a Varanasi-based journalist with Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar spoke to CPJ India Correspondent Kunal Majumder about being a victim of both local police and a private hospital lobby. (Somi Das)

Mission Journal: Journalists in India’s Uttar Pradesh say threat of attack or prosecution looms large

Also available in हिंदी में On March 26, two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown to control the spreading of COVID-19, Hindi-language daily Jansandesh Times reported that a tribe in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh state, didn’t have enough to eat due to the sudden announcement and that children were eating grass.…

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Yogi Adityanath prays in Ayodhya, India, on March 25, 2020. Police in the state launched a criminal investigation into the editor of The Wire for his reporting on the ceremony. (AP/Amar Kumar)

Uttar Pradesh starts criminal probe into The Wire editor for alleged ‘discord’ during COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi, April 2, 2020—Police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh should immediately withdraw criminal complaints against Siddharth Vardarajan, editor of news website The Wire, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The police opened a criminal investigation into Vardarajan on accusations of spreading discord, enmity, and rumors during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to…

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Police are seen in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India, on July 31, 2019. Police in Uttar Pradesh recently arrested, investigated, and filed complaints against several journalists. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

Uttar Pradesh police arrest, investigate multiple journalists since August 31

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, have arrested, investigated, and filed complaints against journalists in several separate incidents since August 31, 2019, according to news reports and the journalists, who spoke to CPJ.

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Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, salutes as he inspects an honor guard during a visit to Allahabad, India, June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Uttar Pradesh police arrest third Nation Live journalist on accusations of ‘defaming’ chief minister

New Delhi, June 13, 2019–Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should immediately intervene and instruct state police to cease arresting journalists under defamation accusations after news reports of a new arrest earlier this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Uttar Pradesh, India, on November 25, 2018. Uttar Pradesh police recently arrested two TV journalists in a defamation case in the state. (Reuters/Pawan Kumar)

Police arrest journalists for airing ‘defamatory content’ against Uttar Pradesh chief minister

New Delhi, June 9, 2019 — Authorities in Uttar Pradesh must immediately release Nation Live journalists Anuj Shukla and Ishita Singh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist shot dead in India’s Uttar Pradesh state

New Delhi, December 6, 2017–Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state must identify the motive in the shooting death of Naveen Gupta, a stringer for the Hindi-language Hindustan newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants on November 30 shot Gupta dead in the town of Bilhaur in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Indian television journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

New York, October 8, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to thoroughly investigate the shooting death of journalist Hemant Yadav, determine a motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice. The attack follows the killing of another journalist in the state in June.

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Indian journalist abducted, raped in Uttar Pradesh

A female journalist was gang-raped while on assignment in the Mirzapur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 27, 2014, according to news reports. The journalist, who works with a Haridwar-based daily in the neighboring state of Uttarakhand, was working on a story about a historic pilgrimage site in the area,…

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