India's press threatened, attacked

Journalists in India are being beaten, harassed, and threatened. Sindhu Sooryakumar, a news anchor in Kerala state, says she received thousands of threatening calls after hosting a discussion on her show "Cover Story." In unrelated cases in Chhattisgarh BBC Hindi Service reporter Alok Prakash Putul and freelancer Malini Subramaniam fled Bastar district over concerns for their safety. A photojournalist covering protests in Delhi, right, says police beat him, and reporters at a court in the city report being beaten by lawyers.

Rahul M.

Alerts   |   India

Newspaper journalist murdered in India

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

August 24, 2016 3:29 PM ET


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Indian journalist, magazine face criminal complaint for investigative report

Supporters of India's ruling, Hindu nationalist BJP party greet Narendra Modi, then a candidate for prime minister, at a March 31, 2014, campaign rally in the northeastern state of Assam. (Reuters)

New York, August 11, 2016 - Indian authorities should shelve a criminal complaint against the weekly Indian magazine Outlook, its leadership, and freelance journalist Neha Dixit, and ensure the safety of the journalist and Outlook's staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Lawyers assault journalists covering trial

On July 20, 2016, a group of lawyers chased and beat journalists gathered at a court complex in the southern Indian state of Kerala, injuring three people, according to The Indian Express and other Indian newspapers.

July 27, 2016 4:54 PM ET


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India refuses to renew visas for three Chinese journalists

New York, July 25, 2016--Authorities in India have refused to renew the visas for three journalists from China's state-owned Xinhua news agency. The bureau chief Wu Qiang, who is based in Delhi, and his Mumbai-based colleagues Lu Tang and She Yonggang were ordered to leave the country before their visas expire on July 31, according to reports. No official reason for the decision was given.

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Indian authorities shut down media outlets in Jammu and Kashmir

In this July 16 photo, Kashmiri journalists protest against the government in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, where authorities have shut down printing presses and banned newspapers after days of anti-India protests.(AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Washington, July 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to stop harassing and obstructing the media. Several newspapers in the state have been prevented from publishing for three days, while mobile internet services are shut down, and cable television has been blocked.

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India jails reporter for accusing government of discriminating against Muslims

New York, May 18, 2016 -- Indian authorities should immediately release Pushp Sharma, who is being held in pretrial detention for alleged forgery and incitement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

May 18, 2016 5:32 PM ET


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Two Indian journalists fatally shot in 24 hours

New York, May 13, 2016 -The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on investigators in the neighboring Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand to act quickly to bring the killers of journalists Akhilesh Pratap and Rajdev Ranjan to justice.

May 13, 2016 2:19 PM ET


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Second Indian journalist arrested in Chhattisgarh in one week

New York, March 28, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Indian authorities to release journalist Deepak Jaiswal, and to cease harassing and jailing journalists for their work. Police arrested Jaiswal, a reporter for the Hindi-language daily Dainadini, in the Bastar region of the central Indian state Chhattisgarh on Saturday. He is at least the second journalist police arrested in the state in a week.

March 28, 2016 4:40 PM ET


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Journalist arrest another sign of deteriorating climate for press in Chhattisgarh

New York, March 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh to immediately release Prabhat Singh, a reporter for the Hindi daily Patrika, who was arrested in the south Bastar region Monday, and to investigate a claim that he was mistreated in custody. Singh's arrest comes as two journalists were forced to flee the region, and two others have been jailed for months.

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Indian television news anchor receives thousands of threatening phone calls

New York, March 2, 2016 - Indian authorities should investigate threats made against a television journalist in the state of Kerala and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. News anchor Sindhu Sooryakumar has received thousands of threatening phone calls following a broadcast she hosted last week, she told reporters.

March 2, 2016 5:09 PM ET


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