To counter the civil rights movement, Alabama had passed a law protecting the reputation of public officials, and the justification given for it was eerily similar to that given by the Rajasthan government.
“Indeed, the news is relentlessly gloomy – week after week brings news of journalists abducted, jailed, prosecuted and killed.”
“If information on the affairs of close relatives of powerful politicians is to be withheld by the media, the only result will be the secrecy of power that will spawn all manner of corruption,” say the DUJ and NAJ.
The International Federation of Journalists has stressed on the need to respect the principle of free flow of information.
Scores of journalists gathered to condemn the recent spate of killing, threats and violence directed at the press.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The statement from the international group mentions three Indian journalists killed in September as well as several cases of threats and violence. New Delhi: Three Indian journalists were murdered in September, including one who was killed while covering a protest that turned violent. In addition, several journalists and media […]
Those summoned allege they are being targeted for their political views but the Maharashtra police insists they have been called only as witnesses.
Kamran Yusuf was held in Kashmir on September 4 for allegedly instigating stone pelting, but has not been formally charged.
While online media distributors have been effectively blocked from their platforms, print and broadcast journalists’ investigative capacities have also suffered greatly.
The court also directed the managing editor of Mercantile Samachar to pay Rs 30,000 in “symbolic damages” to a man who alleges that he was defamed by the publication.
Now in his third term, Kagame has won praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide.
For many, the Cumhuriyet trial is seen as a test for press freedom in an unsteady democracy.
No explanation has been given and no editor is willing to take responsibility for having pulled the plug on the news item.
The ICT Act is now allegedly routinely used to suppress freedom of speech and harass writers, activists and journalists, often for their comments on social media.
The arrests of eight of Turkey’s most respected human rights defenders and two European information technology trainers have been called “a repressive new low for the Turkish state”
A selection of cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years, which reflect the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul, ending in Sunday’s rally, was the first stage of a long campaign.
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye claimed this demand of the Saudi-led coalition against Qatar was a blow against media pluralism in the Middle East.
With no end in sight to the war in Yemen, journalists fear they will continue to face risks that threaten their safety and freedom.
For decades, media organisations in the Northeast and Kashmir have been fighting for their right to exist and speak freely, without any support from the national media.
In the first episode of Media Bol, senior journalist Urmilesh, The Wire’s founding editor M.K. Venu and media advisor to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ashok Tandon discuss press freedom.
Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost.
The Emergency, imposed 42 years ago this month, holds lessons for the Indian media.
A free press guarantees the critical space where people respond to the government’s declarations and methods, and voice their criticism and dissent. To governmentalise the press through coercion would mean dissolving that space.
Senior journalists and other eminent citizens have unequivocally viewed the targeting of NDTV as Modi government’s attack against critical media.
Threats, political intimidation and arrests are common place for those posting content criticising the government, even under the administration of Nobel prizewinner Suu Kyi.
The government is seeking to muzzle media that is critical of the regime.
Mexico is one of the deadliest countries in the world to be a journalist, and five reporters have been killed since March, making press freedom an issue.
Refugee journalists need support, but they bring to the newsrooms the invaluable knowledge of the countries they come from.
Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule, Turkey has jailed more than a hundred journalists since the failed coup last year.
Sonali Samarasinghe, a former journalist and widow of a Sri Lankan journalist killed in 2009, talks about what the UN can do amid the increasing attacks on journalists worldwide.
Female journalists, bloggers and other media actors disproportionally experience gender-related threats on the internet, which impacts their safety and future online activities.
The Hoot’s annual report on freedom of speech takes a comprehensive look at the sad state of affairs in India when it comes to press freedoms or societal freedom.
In its report, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented a range of censorship cases and revealed a new complex world of media repression.
The Mongolian government denies seeking to muzzle the press, saying the country is a democracy that values the freedom of the media.
Sandhya Ravishankar has been receiving threats and abusive messages ever since she published a four-part exposé on the sand mafia in The Wire.
The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening.
The decision to put on hold the ban on NDTV India is a threat only half withdrawn because of the nationwide protests. The Modi government continues to create a toxic discourse around national security with the idea of nibbling at various freedoms guaranteed under the constitution.
Officials said that the decision has been put on hold until the time NDTV’s appeal for review is dealt with.