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Delhi Police raids on senior scribes in the National Capital, select detention and threats of UAPA

Journalists in the National Capital Territory of Delhi woke up Tuesday morning with a shocking news of multiple raids on senior scribes associated with the news portal Newsclick dot com by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. These simultaneous raids have been reported in connection with the ongoing investigation in the alleged foreign funding of Newsclick. Raided senior scribes include Urmilesh, a resident of Vasundhara, Ghaziabad  who produces and anchors a show for the portal ; Abhisar Sharma, ex-NDTV and anchoring a show for Newsclick; Bhasha Singh, senior reporter; Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, senior columnist and writer who has previously been framed in a false case related to industrialist Adani when he was working with Economic and Political Weekly; Sohail Hashmi, a renowned cultural activist and heritage conservationist; with the chief of Newsclick Prabir Purkayastha, his wife Geeta Hariharan, Subodh Verma, Anindyo Chakraborty and others. Police also raided the house of Teesta Setalva
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'Karyavahi chal rahi hai. Intezaar kijiye': First hand account of a female scribe whose house has been burnt down in Delhi

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Chhattisgarh: Female journalist threatened by Bajrang Dal for opposing a temple on the housing board land

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"मीडिया की घेराबंदी": उत्तर प्रदेश में 2017 से लेकर अब तक हुए मीडिया के दमन पर विस्तृत रिपोर्ट

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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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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