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July 12, 2010

Japanese journalist refused visa extension

The Indian government has refused to renew the visa of Shogo Takahashi, the New Delhi bureau chief of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). After making repeated attempts to get his visa renewed, the 46-year-old Takahashi, who had been the bureau chief since 2008, returned home Sunday. A NHK spokesperson said that the broadcaster was surprised at the Indian government’s abrupt decision. The broadcaster has not, however, given up and written to the Indian embassy in Tokyo requesting a meeting to... MORE
July 11, 2010

Restrictions on media lifted in Kashmir

Restrictions on movement of media persons in the wake of curfew in Srinagar and certain other parts of the valley were on Sunday lifted by the Jammu and Kashmir government which issued fresh curfew passes to them. Media persons can perform their official duties, an official spokesman said. He said there was no gag order on the media but "we were only enforcing the curfew strictly". Newspapers failed to hit the stands for the second day today in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of the restrictions... MORE
July 9, 2010

J&K media bodies denounce government claim

Five representative bodies of newspaper owners, editors, working journalists, photo journalists and video journalists on Friday denounced the government claim that restrictions on media had been lifted, the Hindu reported. They decided to suspend the publication of newspapers for Saturday in view of the insufficient number of curfew passes issued and continued attacks on media. For the last two days no newspaper could hit the stands in Srinagar since the government withdrew curfew passes and... MORE
July 9, 2010

No newspaper published in Valley

None of the Valley-based newspapers could hit the stands on Thursday as government restricted the movement of scribes and other staff members of various news organisations, the Greater Kashmir has reported.. The state government had cancelled curfew passes of media persons on Wednesday with police and paramilitary CRPF troopers enforcing curfew strictly at Press Enclave in Srinagar. The last time newspapers did not come out was in 2008, during Governor’s rule. The India chapter of the South... MORE
July 8, 2010

Press Guild condemns curbs in Kashmir

The Press Guild of Kashmir has denounced the curbs imposed on media by the state authorities and use of force against media persons, the Hindu has reported. In an extraordinary meeting of the Guild, which was presided over by the President, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, it was felt that in the wake of present turbulence the government should have ensured free flow of information to keep the public updated and to discourage rumour mongering. The details: [ Link ] “However, the reverse has happened,” the... MORE
September 29, 2007

SC stays sentencing of 'Mid Day' journalists in contempt case

The Supreme Court Friday stayed the Delhi High Court order sentencing four employees of tabloid Mid Day to jail for publishing news reports about former chief justice YK Sabharwal. The apex court stayed the high court's September 21 ruling sentencing two journalists, a cartoonist and the publisher of the tabloid to four months imprisonment each for contempt of court following news reports suggesting that Justice Sabharwal, as the Chief Justice, had passed orders favouring his sons, who are... MORE
September 7, 2007

India's TV pie growing, but slices are thinner

MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 100 new TV channels are scheduled to launch in India over the next 12 months, delivering ever smaller audiences to broadcasters and nudging up their cost of distribution and marketing. With the total number of channels on air set to hit 700 by 2009, broadcasters will be forced to slash advertising rates and spend heavily on improving technology to ensure their channels are carried into homes, or face the prospect of being swallowed up by rivals. India's economic... MORE
July 16, 2007

CNN-IBN journos win 4 Ramnath Goenka Awards

New Delhi: CNN-IBN has added yet another feather in its cap. The channel won four of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards on Monday. While Nilanjana Bose won the award in the ‘Uncovering India Invisible’ category, Bahar Dutt won the ‘Excellence in Environmental Reporting’ award. CNN-IBN’s Special Investigation Team won the excellence in political reporting award. The channel's editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai has been adjudged the Journalist of the Year. CNN-IBN's sister concern,... MORE
June 5, 2007

Nepalese journalist detained, severely beaten by Indian security personnel

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 29 May 2007, Daya Ram Dahal, a Jhapa district-based journalist with "Janaganatantra Daily" and "Janabidroha Radio", was arrested by Indian security personnel at Mechi Bridge. The bridge connects India and Jhapa district in eastern Nepal. Dahal was detained as he was reporting Bhutanese refugees' "long march" to their homeland via India. The Indian government has filed a writ petition against Dahal on the charge of "border encroachment". According to Krishna Humagain, president... MORE
May 24, 2007

Rebel-friendly scribes in Bihar on cop radar

Hazaribagh, May 23: Believe it or not, some journalists are backing Maoists in the state. At least the police believe so. Arrest of Jahoor Ansari, a dreaded extremist, has turned the suspicion of the force into belief. Ansari disclosed to the police the name of a journalist, who used to help him in several ways — right from collecting levy to providing information related to movement of the police. The men in uniform are now conducting raids to arrest the accused journalist, who according to... MORE