Election Watch

This page will compile censorship and attacks on freedom of expression in the run-up to the General Elections 2019. We hope to carry indepth reports too, as and when we get verified information.

So much for freedom of the press!

Yesterday, Punya Prasoon Bajpai hosted a show  on Surya Samachar :

“जानिए देश के असल चौकीदार का हाल II JAI HIND II”

You can view the show here

It was about the ‘real’ chowkidars, the security guards employed in countless housing complexes, buildings, private and public establishments. There are already three or four such articles, focusing on the plight of these chowkidars, a much needed spotlight of this category of workers, considering their incredibly long hours, often doing double duty and working with total insecurity of service and pathetic wages.

The show generated 57,403 views with scores of likes. The show drew parallels on the chowkidars employed by different establishments and the current campaign of the BJP party and its leaders to prefix their social media accounts with the word ‘chowkidar’.

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Youtuber Dhruv Rathee banned from Facebook?

Dhruv Rathee, a YouTube creator who makes Hindi-language videos analysing controversial political issues, tweeted today (March 18) that Facebook banned him from posting for 30 days. The first phase of India’s election falls on April 11.
Twelve hours after he first posted about the ban, Rathee tweeted that Facebook had restored his account and removed the block, admitting its mistake.
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