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"Republic In Peril": Summary report of attacks on Journalists in Delhi post CAA

The Committee Against Assault on Journalists (CAAJ) releases a report titled "Republic In Peril" on recent cases of Assaults on Journalists in Delhi covering three months from December 2019 to February 2020. This report documents a total of 32 cases of various types of Assaults on Journalists covering socio-political developments in the capital city of India after the eruption of anti-CAA protests. The report outlines three phases of assault in Delhi. First in December, 2019 that started after anti-CAA protests erupted with centrestage being Jamia Millia Islamia University. A total of seven cases have been documented where Journalists who went to cover Jamia were assaulted physically. These assaulted journalists included mainstream news channels, agency, international media BBC and digital platforms. The assaulters included mob and police. This first phase lasted for five days from December 15 to December 20, 2019 although assaults continued nationwide for
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नागरिकता संशोधन कानून की कवरेज के दौरान पत्रकारों पर हुए हमले के खिलाफ CAAJ का निंदा वक्तव्य

28 दिसंबर, 2019 नयी दिल्ली देश भर में जब छात्र और युवा नागरिकता कानून में हुए संशोधन (सीएए) का विरोध करने के लिए सड़कों पर शांतिपूर्ण तरीके से उतरे हुए हैं और जिस तरीके से नरेंद्र मोदी की सरकार राष्ट्रीय नागरिक रजिस्टर (एनआरसी) और राष्ट्रीय जनसंख्या रजिस्टर (एनपीआर) को साथ में लागू करने की मंशा रखती है, इस बीच पुलिस ने उन मीडियाकर्मियों के खिलाफ हिंसक प्रतिक्रिया दी है जो देश भर में युवाओं के इस आंदोलन को रिपोर्ट कर रहे थे। पुलिस की   यह अराजक कारर्वाई और बरताव निंदनीय है जो दिखाता है कि यह स्पष्ट रूप से स्वतंत्र रिपोर्टिंग को रोकने और दबाने का एक प्रयास है। जिनके हाथ में कानून व्यवस्था को लागू करने की जिम्मेदारी थी उन्होंने कुछ खास राज्यों की सरकारों के साथ मिलकर जैसा व्यवहार किया है, वह दिखाता है कि वे संदेशवाहक को ही निशाना बनाने पर आमादा हैं। ध्यान देने वाली बात है कि प्रदर्शनकारियों और मीडियाकर्मियों दोनों के खिलाफ ही सबसे बुरे हमले उन राज्यों में हुए हैं जहां भारतीय जनता पार्टी का शासन है, विशेष रूप से उत्तर प्रदेश में, जहां सबसे ज्यादा मौतें हुई हैं। शांतिपूर्ण

CAAJ Statement condemning attacks on media-persons during anti CAA-NRC protests in India

CAAJ Statement condemning attacks on media-persons during anti CAA-NRC protests in India 28 December 2019 New Delhi As students and young people across India have taken to the streets to peacefully protest the amendment to the Citizenship Act (CAA) and the manner in which the Narendra Modi government intends putting together the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), police personnel have responded violently against media-persons who have been reporting and recording audio-visual evidence of the agitations by the youth across the country. The condemnable high-handed behaviour by the police is a clear attempt at suppressing and censoring independent reportage. The actions of those responsible for upholding law and order – but who have been complicit with particular state governments – represent a clear instance of “shooting the messenger.” It is noteworthy that the worst attacks against both the protesters as well as media-

Fourteen Journalists assaulted while covering anti-CAA protests till date! Here is the list

Amidst the on-going nationwide protest against CAA-NRC several journalist were attacked, intimidated and harassed by the police when they were doing the ground reporting. Ironically most of them come from the minority Muslim community. It shows the bias against the certain community from the state machinery. Several other photo and video journalists were also harassed in these protests by the mobs and protesters.  Here is the current list of the attacked journalists (11/12/19 - 21/12/19):

To counter attacks, build networks and co-operative platforms: P. Sainath

Magsaysay Awardee Journalist P. Sainath addresses Journalists of Eastern UP Venue: Paradkar Smriti Sabhagar, Varanasi Date: Friday, November 29, 2019 The holy city of Varanasi and Lok Sabha constituency of PM Narendra Modi witnessed a historic event last Friday when celebrated Journalist and Ex-Editor (Rural Affairs) of The Hindu, P. Sainath delivered a scintillating and insightful lecture on the the Freedom of Rural Journalists in Paradkar Smriti Bhawan at Kashi Patrakar Sangh. The event was organised by the Committee Against Assault on Journalists (CAAJ), an umbrella organisation of independent media and civil society groups working for the cause of Right to Freedom of Expression and Speech. The UP unit of CAAJ with around half a dozen Journalist bodies, Human Rights body like PVCHR and Civil Society group like Saajha Sanskriti Manch were instrumental in mobilising rural Journalists and individuals from 9 districts of Eastern UP. The three hour event saw full

How Free Are Rural Journalists? An evening with P. Sainath in Varanasi, November 29th, 2019

Committee Against Assault on Journalists in association with UPJA, Grameen Patrakar Association, Sajha Sanskriti Manch and PVCHR   invites you to a lecture by Veteran Journalist P. Sainath on the topic HOW FREE ARE RURAL JOURNALISTS? Presided by Senior Journalist Subhash Rai in the esteemed presence of Eminent Journalist Shri Anand Swaroop Verma 12.00 PM, Friday, November 29, 2019 PARADKAR BHAWAN SABHAGAR, VARANASI  RSVP UP Coordination Committee , Committee Against Assault on Journalists

ओडिशा: रेत माफिया के खिलाफ लिखने पर पत्रकार के ऊपर जानलेवा हमला

ओडिशा के बालासोर में एक उडि़या दैनिक के पत्रकार के ऊपर बुधवार की रात कुछ लोगों ने हमला कर के उन्‍हें बुरी तरह से जख्‍मी कर दिया, जब वे अपने घर से दफ्तर लौट रहे थे। पत्रकार ने हमलावरों की पहचान रेत माफिया के रूप में की है।   उडि़या के प्रतिष्ठित दैनिक समाज के पत्रकार  प्रताप पात्रा  के ऊपर बुधवार की रात नौ बजे धारदार हथियारों से हमला किया गया। उनके सिर, छाती और हाथ पर हमला किया गया लेकिन हेलमेट पहने होने के कारण उनकी जान बच गई, हालांकि हमले में हेलमेट टूट गया और सिर फट गया। हमलावर उनका मोबाइल फोन और सोने की चेन लेकर भाग गए। प्रताप ने कुछ दिन पहले बालासोर के रेत माफिया पर स्‍टोरी की थी। पुलिस के मुताबिक पिछले कुछ दिनों से उन्‍हें धमकियां भी मिल रही थीं। प्रताप ने बाद में स्‍थानीय प्रेस को बताया कि वे हमलावरों को पहचानते हैं और उन्‍होंने उनके नाम की सूची पुलिस को सौंप दी। इस मामले में पुलिस ने कोई एफआइआर अब तक दर्ज नहीं की है लेकिन जांच जारी है।

Poster out for Raipur Convention on Journalist Safety Act

Raipur: Journalist attacked by BJP workers in party head office, FIR lodged against three BJP leaders

In an unexpected and abrupt manner BJP workers in Raipur party office Ekatm Parisar attacked a journalist on Saturday evening, snatched away his mobile camera and deleted the recordings of the ongoing party review meeting. After BJP's defeat in recently held assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, party had organised a review meeting in its Raipur head office that was being covered by many journalists. The meeting went out of track when party workers started sloganeering and infighting. A journalist with The Vice News Suman Pandey was recording the events as usual with his mobile camera. BJP workers spotted him and started pressurising him to delete the video. When the journo did not relent, they started beating him and snatched his camera. Pandey was injured in this clash. He got a severe cut on his forehead. Local journalists are infuriated at this episode. Pandey has lodged FIR with the local police naming three BJP leaders including BJP district president. Journalists ar

Uttarakhand: Court order to register FIR in journalist's suspicious death, 7 fellow journalists accused of murder

Haldwani: A local court has ordered to lodge FIR in case of a journalist's death under suspicious circumstances last year. The order is yet to reach Kaladhungi P.S. under whose jurisdiction body of Devender Singh Patwal was found on January 1, 2018. Devender Patwal was Bureau Head of TV100 in Uttarakhand, He was found dead last year under suspicious circumstances. After more than six months of his death, no FIR was registered although many organisations and his family had repeatedly tried for it. Mother of slained journo Ms. Ganga Devi had approached some associates of CAAJ after which a senior advocate of Dehi High Court Anand Mishra took up this case and filed a fresh writ petition in Nainital HC. This case was raised in the National Convention Against Assault on Journalists by CAAJ last September where Ganga Devi put up her testimony in session presided over by Senior Advocate Sanjay Parikh. Now after full one year, the court has ordered to lodge an FIR in this