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Archives 2005-1014: Press Freedom

July 8, 1998

Journalist receives death threats

According to information made available by RSF on 8 July 1998, on 7 July 1998, Mathew Marak, editor of the daily "Achik Mikasal", received a letter containing death threats from rebel groups belonging to the separatist Achik National Volunteer Council. The separatist militants said in their threats that Marak had written several reports which were "not correct." Three months ago, photographer W. T. Jrywe was assaulted by unidentified gunmen in Shillong (in the northeastern state of Meghalaya)... MORE
June 25, 1998

Journalist Shivaji Sarkar assaulted by army personnel

(IFJ) "Financial Express" journalist Shivaji Sarkar was among a group of bus passengers returning from a pilgrimage who were beaten by army personnel in the hill region of Uttar Pradesh state on 23 June 1998. The passengers had earlier objected to an army vehicle blocking the road. The vehicle pulled up alongside the bus and 20 to 25 army personnel got out and starting beating the passengers. When the soldiers came on board, Sarkar clearly identified himself as a member of the press; however,... MORE
June 17, 1998

Four journalists hospitalised after being attacked in Kerala

On 16 June 1998, four journalists, including two photographers, were hospitalised with serious injuries after they were attacked at the additional District Court in Kollam, Kerala state, by activists of the ruling Marxist Communist Party (CPM). Police reportedly stayed away from the court premises until the attack was over. The hospitalised journalists are Tony Dominic of the daily "Malayala Monorama"; Josey George of the daily "Deepika"; Chandra Bose of the daily "Mathrubhumi"; and P. Manoj,... MORE
May 19, 1998

Journalists arrested in Assam

According to information released by RSF on 18 May 1998, Dhiren Chakravarty and Atanu Bhuyan, editor and executive editor respectively, of the Guwahati-based daily "Ajir Batori", were woken up and arrested at 3:00 a.m. (local time) on Friday 15 May, by Assam state policemen (in the northwestern state of Assam). They are charged with defaming Parliament and its members after the publication, on 21 March 1998, of an article critical of Parliament. They were taken to the Assembly to bow down... MORE
March 19, 1998

Assam journalist released from judicial custody

In late November 1997, the Advisory Committee, the local administrative body for the National Security Act (NSA), concluded that the grounds for detaining Ajit Bhuyan, former editor of the Assamese-language daily newspaper "Asomiya Protidin" and its sister paper, the Assamese-language weekly "Sadin", were not acceptable and ordered his release. Following this decision, the central government immediately dismissed the members of the committee. Bhuyan was immediately re-arrested by the Nagaon... MORE
March 18, 1998

Indian newspaper office attacked in Madurai

According to reports from India received by CPJ, 50 armed men attacked the Madurai office of the Tamil-language daily newspaper "Dinamalar" in the early morning of 1 March 1998. Bearing clubs and knives, the armed men assaulted the office watchman, hurled four molotov cocktails, and destroyed property which included press equipment, windows, electrical fixtures, furniture, and automobiles. This action came during the country's parliamentary elections and followed the newspaper's recent critical... MORE
October 23, 1997

Newspaper editorin assam target of repeated arrests

Ajit Bhuyan, editor of the widely read Assamese-language newspaper "Asomiya Protidin" ("Assamese Daily") and its sister paper, the Assamese-language weekly "Sadin" ("Seven Days"), has been the target of repeated arrests since August 1997. According to news reports, Bhuyan has been linked by state authorities to the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and with complicity in the kidnapping and murder of social activist Sanjay Ghosh, who died while in ULFA custody. Since 25 August, he... MORE
August 11, 1997

Journalists assaulted by policemen in Kashmir

On 27 July 1997, Habib-ullah Naqash, photojournalist for The Asian Age in Srinagar, was beaten by two policemen when stopped at a highway check point en route to cover the visit of Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral to the region. Similarly, on 8 August, Mukhtar Ahmed, a reporter for the Indian daily "The Telegraph" and a correspondent for Cable News Network (CNN), and photojournalist Arshad Ahmed were beaten by a policeman when they were stopped en route to cover the Indian army's press... MORE
July 9, 1997

Two journalists stabbed; newspaper office ransacked in Bangalore

According to RSF, on 7 July 1997, forty men stormed into the office of the "The Asian Age" in Bangalore, brutally stabbed two journalists and chopped off the thumb of a security guard. The mob then smashed and burned computers and office equipment. They were apparently angered by a news report about a poster in a West Bank town that depicted the Muslim prophet Muhammed as a pig. It was not clear why the mob targeted only "The Asian Age", as most newspapers, television and radio outlets in the... MORE
July 3, 1997

Police assault journalist attempting to cover Srinagar demonstration

On 27 June 1997, police assaulted Surinder Singh Oberoi, the correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Srinagar, as he and about twenty other local journalists had gathered in front of the United Nations Military Observers Group office in Srinagar. They intended to cover a demonstration by the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference which was protesting the authorities' refusal to allow them to hold a rally in Iqbal Park. While the journalists were waiting for the protestors to congregate, about twenty... MORE

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