CPJ's 2016 International Press Freedom Awardees--Indian freelance journalist Malini Subramaniam; investigative reporter for online news magazine El Faro, Óscar Martínez; and Can Dündar, former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet--are honored in New York. Jailed Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, is honored in absentia. Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, accepts CPJ's Burton Benjamin Memorial Award.
A group of assailants in the southeastern Indian town of Chirala on February 5, 2017, beat M Nagarjuna Reddy, a reporter with the Telugu-language monthly magazine Basa, according to his employer, press reports, video, and a memorandum the journalist filed with the Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission in Hyderabad, the state capital, on February 14.
At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser
New York, November 14, 2016--Authorities in India's Bihar state should credibly investigate and swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of journalist Dharmendra Singh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Three men on November 12 shot Singh, a reporter for the national, Hindi-language newspaper Dainik Bhaskar, near his home in Sasaram, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Ajit Kumar, a local journalist and a friend of Singh's, told CPJ. Singh died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital in the city of Benaras, Kumar said.
Hindu activists in Vrindavan, in India's Uttar Pradesh state, assaulted Sarvesh, a freelance photographer who goes only by one name, during a protest outside a meeting of atheists, on October 14, 2016.
The Indian government on November 4, 2016, ordered NDTV India, a Hindi-language news channel, to stop broadcasting from November 9-10, after a committee in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting found that the channel had revealed "strategically-sensitive information" while covering an attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab state in January this year, media reports said.
For four months, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has been under a curfew imposed after protests broke out when Burhan Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a pro-independence militant organization that advocates for Kashmir's independence from India, was killed in clashes with the Indian army. Journalists have been caught in the crossfire as protesters clash with police and authorities try to regain control by imposing curfews and blocking access to the internet.
CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free
By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant
Published October 27, 2016.
Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ found in its latest Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. The worst country for the second year in a row is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab is suspected in the majority of media murders, followed by Iraq and Syria, where members of the militant group Islamic State murdered at least six journalists in the past year.
An online campaign to decriminalize defamation in India is being led by a member of the country's main opposition party. "Criminal defamation can lead to people being put in jail for something they have said publicly. This law needs to be replaced by a modern, progressive law," reads the statement on the campaign website.