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November 7, 2014

India: RWB condemns hunt for French journalists' confidential sources

Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at Indian authorities’ brutal search, aimed at members of the Karen community in the Andaman Islands, for those who helped two French documentarians gain access to the prohibited lands of the Jarawa tribe. Journalists Alexandre Dereims and Claire Beilvert entered the reserve of the aboriginal tribe in order to report on a largely unknown people who are facing extinction. In October, a trailer for the documentary went up on the web, along with... MORE
September 25, 2014

Floods in Kashmir kills photojournalist on duty

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate All India Newspapers Employees Federation (AINEF) have condoled the death of a respected Kashmiri photojournalist on duty covering the floods in India’s Kashmir Valley and called on India’s media organisations to do more to protect workers sent into the field to cover disasters. Photojournalist Shafat Sidiq , 40, was on assignment for Dainik Jagran, a Hindi daily when he went missing in the floods on September 7. His body, with... MORE
September 12, 2014

In Telangana, 70 members of press detained, two channels blocked, media threatened

Scores of journalists and media workers were briefly detained Tuesday and Wednesday in India's newly carved state of Telangana after protesting the blocking of two local TV news channels, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detentions and calls on the state's chief minister to stop using incendiary language against the press. Around 70 journalists, media workers, and employees of news outlets were arrested earlier this week while protesting the blacking... MORE
September 11, 2014

Journalists arrested for protesting TV network ban in Telangana

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists (India) have strongly criticised the arrest of more than 40 women journalists in Hyderabad, Telangana, South India, on Tuesday, September 9. They also condemn the attacks on the journalists’ equipment, including damage to a vehicle. The journalists were protesting in front of the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s camp office at Punjagutta against the banning of two Telugu TV channels TV9 and... MORE
September 9, 2014

Indian journalist jailed in Assam for alleged links to militants

An Indian journalist who has been held in police custody for six days was denied bail in court today and faces possible anti-state charges over accusations that he promoted an outlawed separatist group after interviewing its commander, according to news reports. Jaikhlong Brahma , a correspondent for the Guwahati-based privately owned news channel News Live , was arrested in Kokrajhar on September 2, and held by police in the northeast Indian state of Assam for questioning, according to news... MORE
September 9, 2014

Indian MNC attempts harassment of journalist for critical article

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemn an attempt to harass Keya Acharya , a well-known environmental journalist, by Karuturi Global Limited (KGL) for a critical article. According to IJU, Acharya has been served a legal notice for defamation demanding a compensation of USD 16.4 million by Ramakrishna Karuturi, the founder and managing director of KGL for an article she wrote for Inter Press Service (IPS). The article was about... MORE
September 6, 2014

Assam TV journalist arrested for alleged links to extremists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) in condemning the arrest of television journalist Jaikhlong Brahma on Tuesday night, September 2 in Kokrajhar town of Assam state of India. According to reports, the Assam Police arrested Brahma, who works for a Guwahati-based private news channel News Live, on charges of “providing information to the extremists about the movement of security forces in advance and instigating the cadres of... MORE
July 30, 2014

IFJ condemns dismissal of respected Indian journalist and activist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins affiliates the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and the National Union of Journalists (India) in condemning the illegal dismissal of respected union leader Geetartha Pathak from the Assam Bani on June 19. The IFJ and its affiliates say the action is a direct and deliberate attack against Pathak’s trade union activity and have called for his immediate reinstatement. Pathak, also the secretary of IJU and the President of Journalists Union of... MORE
July 30, 2014

Call for investigation on Indian journalist’s death

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Indian affiliates the National Union of Journalists (India) and the All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF) call for investigation on the mysterious death of a 31-year-old Indian journalist Milita Dutta Mandal on Monday July 21. According to reports, Mandal, a producer at Rajya Sabha TV, mysteriously fell to death from the balcony of her eighth floor flat at a housing society in Vaishali. Her neighbors heard her scream late... MORE
June 10, 2014

Arrests made in murder of Indian journalist in Odisha

Police arrested two suspects on Sunday in connection with the recent murder of a local journalist in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Tarun Kumar Acharya , confirm the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice. Acharya, who worked as a stringer for Kanak TV , a local Oriya-language television channel, and as a reporter for Sambad, a local Oriya-... MORE