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Archives 2005-1014: Press Freedom

August 14, 2000

CPJ condemns journalist's murder in Srinagar

In an 11 August 2000 letter to Syed Salahuddin, Supreme Commander of the Hezb-ul Mujahedeen, CPJ condemned the 10 August bomb attack in Srinagar, which killed one journalist and seriously injured at least six others. Pradeep Bhatia, a photographer for the Indian newspaper "The Hindustan Times", was one of twelve people killed in the attack, police told reporters. Hezb-ul Mujahedeen spokesman Salim Hashmi was quoted in the 11 August edition of "The Hindustan Times" as saying, "We are deeply... MORE
August 3, 2000

Journalist murdered in Tamil Nadu

In a letter to the head minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Karunanidhi, RSF expressed its concern after the murder of V. Selvaraj, a journalist with the biweekly "Nakkeeran". Robert Ménard, the organisation's secretary general, urged him to do everything possible to establish "the exact motives for the murder." RSF asked the head minister to inform it of progress in the inquiry. According to information obtained by RSF, Selvaraj, a correspondent for the private biweekly "Nakkeeran" in Perambalur (... MORE
July 11, 2000

Magistrate assaults journalist in Assam

In a letter to the governor of Assam State, S. K. Sinha, RSF protested the assault on a journalist by a magistrate. RSF asked the governor to sanction the magistrate. "Your duty as a governor is to protect journalists who are merely trying to do their work," Robert Ménard, the organisation's secretary-general, reminded him. According to the information collected by RSF, Parag Saikia, a journalist at the daily "Aji", was beaten on 6 July 2000 by L. N. Tamuly, a magistrate in the town of Sibsagar... MORE
April 24, 2000

CPJ disturbed by arrests of editor and writer

In a 20 April 2000 letter to Chief Minister Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh, CPJ noted that it is deeply disturbed by the imprisonment of Nongthonbam Biren, chief editor of the Manipuri-language daily "Naharolgi Thoudang", and Thounaojam Iboyaima, the author of a speech recently published in the newspaper. Biren and Iboyaima were arrested on 14 April in Imphal, the capital of Manipur State, and detained overnight. They appeared before Judge Gomati Devi, chief justice of Imphal West District, on 15... MORE
April 20, 2000

Editor arrested in Manipur state

In a 19 April 2000 letter to the chief minister of India's Manipur state, W. Nipamacha Singh, RSF protested the arrest of N. Biren Singh, editor of the daily "Naharlogi Thoudang". The organisation called on the minister to "ensure the immediate release of the journalist". RSF believes that a jail sentence would constitute a serious violation of press freedom. In a document dated 18 January 2000, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression of the United Nations Commission on... MORE
April 17, 2000

Landmine explodes outside Radio Kashmir

In a 17 April 2000 letter to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state, Girish Chander Saxena, RSF expressed concern about the climate of violence facing the public and private press, especially after the explosion of a landmine near the building that houses the government station Radio Kashmir. RSF asked Girish Chander Saxena to order an inquiry into the incident, in order to identify those responsible for the attack. The organisation's secretary-general, Robert Ménard, reminded the authorities... MORE
March 30, 2000

Journalist sanctioned by authorities in Punjab

In a 29 March 2000 letter to the chief minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, RSF expressed concern about the sanctions taken against journalist Sukhbir Singh Osan. RSF asked the governor to ensure that the journalist could recover his accreditation with the Punjab authorities. Robert Ménard, RSF's secretary general, reminded the authorities that "Indian laws guarantee press freedom". According to the information obtained by RSF, on 10 March, the Punjab authorities decided to withdraw Singh... MORE
November 26, 1999

Grenade attack on journalist's home in Kashmir

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, WAN has expressed its serious concern at an attack on the home of newspaper editor Jeelani Qadri. According to reports, early on the morning of 23 November 1999, Kashmiri militants threw a grenade at the Srinigar home of Qadri, editor of the daily newspaper "Afaaq". Qadri and his family, who were asleep inside at the time, escaped unharmed but the house was extensively damaged. Reports are unclear as to whether the assailants were... MORE
October 15, 1999

Journalist murdered in Manipur state

In a 15 October 1999 letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, RSF expressed its indignation over the murder of N. A. Lalrohlu, editor of the local vernacular newspaper "Shan". RSF asked that "a serious and thorough investigation is conducted to identify and punish the authors of the murder, which seems to be a serious warning to independent journalists in the state of Manipur." RSF also drew the prime minister's attention to assaults against journalists made by security forces in Manipur... MORE
March 23, 1999

Journalist murdered in New Delhi

CPJ is deeply disturbed by the murder of Anil Rattan, a free-lance journalist and former correspondent for the Hong Kong-based magazine "AsiaWeek". Rattan's killing marks the third murder of a journalist in the Indian capital in less than two months. Police say that Rattan's body was discovered in the bathroom of his Delhi apartment on 20 March 1999 "in a highly decomposed condition," and estimate that he was killed around 18 March. According to police reports, Rattan had been stabbed several... MORE