The year was marked by the heavy-handed use of laws of sedition, anti-terror or disaster management to quell criticism of the government whether at the Centre or in states, on journalists or civil society. This clampdown on journalists was marked during the ongoing peaceful farmers’ protest against three farms laws that has left the government more than rattled.
A sharp rise in criminal cases lodged against journalists in India for their work, with a majority of cases in BJP-ruled states, has contributed to the deterioration in the climate for free speech in India.
Academic freedom is about the right to study, teach and research a diversity of viewpoints. Yet, this right that is so crucial for the pursuit of knowledge has seen widespread attacks in colleges and universities across India. Excerpt from a status report by Nandini Sundar and Gowhar Fazili […]
The Forum for Human Rights, a group of concerned citizens led by Justice (retd.) Madan Lokur and Radha Kumar, documented the human rights violations in the eleven months of the shutdown in Kashmir following the abrogation of Art 370 on Aug 5, 2019. The report observed that the […]
“The power to punish for contempt is not meant for giving protection to individual judges. On the contrary, it intends to inspire confidence “in the sanctity and efficacy of the judiciary, though they do not and should not flow from the power to punish for contempt”. Rather, such […]
What happens when police try to derail a press conference by protesting villagers? The Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) hosts it, a day later! According to a press statement by GUJ, the press conference started in Melauli on July 8, 2020, ended in Panaji more than a day […]
Journalist Hofe Dada was confronted and assaulted by four persons while filming a piece on pollution levels at a factory owned by SMS Smelters Ltd in Aruachal Pradesh. One person, Nangram Tapu, has been arrested in connection with the assault. One of the men who assaulted him said […]
Mission Journal: Journalists in India’s Uttar Pradesh say threat of attack or prosecution looms large
Republished with permission from CPJ By Kunal Majumder/CPJ India CorrespondentApril 23, 2020 12:30 PM EDT 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 […]