03 December, 2020

28 Journalists Killed In India Since 2008: Is This The Index Of Press Freedom In One Of World's Largest Democracy?

In April 2019, India was ranked 140 out of 180 countries in the press freedom index released by Reporters without Borders. Increasingly, scribes are feeling the heat from overzealous administrations

Hard Pressed
Protests against the ­arrest of ­journalist Prashant Kanojia
Photograph by PTI
28 Journalists Killed In India Since 2008: Is This The Index Of Press Freedom In One Of World's Largest Democracy?
outlookindia.com
2019-06-21T13:49:17+05:30

Arresting Times

  • August 27, 2018: Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan was imprisoned for ­allegedly ‘harbouring terrorists’. He is still ­languishing in jail.
  • June 6-8: Three people were arrested from Nation Live, the news channel that aired a clip taking a jibe at UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Delhi-based journalist Prashant Kanojia was also arrested for tweeting the clip.
  • June 13: Chhattisgarh journalist Dilip Kumar Sharma was picked up for reporting that 50 villages in the state were ­facing a power cut for two days.

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Dilip Kumar Sharma, a journalist in Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh, was unwell on the night of June 13 and had fallen asleep after taking medicines when, around midnight, his daughter Roli knocked on his door to tell him that three men were at the front door looking for him. Wearing only a vest and towel, Sharma reached his gallery to ask why he was being disturbed at this time in the...

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