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October 21, 1998

Two journalists assaulted in Arunachal Pradesh

RSF is protesting an assault on two journalists in north-east India. According to RSF's information, on 17 October 1998, Pradeep Behera, a senior journalist with the English-language daily "Arunachal Times", was assaulted by six unidentified persons armed with lethal weapons who entered his home in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. He is in hospital suffering from chest, head and leg injuries. It seems that the attack followed the publication of critical articles on social issues. Meanwhile, in... MORE
July 23, 1998

Editor assaulted in Assam

According to CPJ, on 18 July 1998, Assamese editor Ajit Kumar Bhuyan was assaulted by armed men. Bhuyan was threatened, his residence ransacked, and his family terrorized by the incident, which is the latest in a series of arrests and threats made against Bhuyan in recent years. Bhuyan, the editor of the Assamese-language weekly newspaper "Natun Samoy", was at home with his family in Guwahati on Saturday, 18 July 1998, at around 8:45 p.m. (local time), when a group of about 20 armed men in... MORE
July 17, 1998

Two journalists assaulted by forces in Manipur

According to information made available by RSF on 17 July 1998, on 12 July 1998, Puyam Theiba, a reporter for the local newspaper "Panthungfam", was assaulted and injured by army soldiers in the state of Manipur when they raided his house. They claimed that the journalist was involved in anti-Indian activities. Meanwhile, at Nalbari, in the state of Assam, Arup Kumar Sarma, editor of the magazine "Chitranjalee", was also assaulted by soldiers. They left quickly and gave no explanation for their... 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
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
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
October 31, 1996

Five journalists assaulted when attempting to question politician

On 25 October 1996, at least five journalists were assaulted after they and approximately seven other print and broadcast reporters had assembled in front of the residence of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Kanshi Ram to question him about his party's plans following hung assembly elections in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. After asking the journalists what they were doing there, an enraged Ram slapped one of the correspondents, Ashutosh Gupta of Aaj Tak Television, and called on his... MORE