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RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index: India falls eight positions to 150th from last year's 142nd rank
India

RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index: India falls eight positions to 150th from last year's 142nd rank

This year, Norway (1st) Denmark (2nd), Sweden (3rd) Estonia (4th) and Finland (5th) grabbed the top positions, while North Korea remained at the bottom of the list of the 180 countries and territories ranked by the Reporters Without Borders

Press Association condemns 'beating' of journalist at AAP event; seeks probe
India

Press Association condemns 'beating' of journalist at AAP event; seeks probe

A correspondent with Hindustan Post has lodged a complaint saying that authorities had denied him entry to the press conference addressed by Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann

'Just static': Why Russia’s liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy goes off the air
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'Just static': Why Russia’s liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy goes off the air

Ekho Moskvy {Echo of Moscow}, one of Russia’s last liberal radio stations, refused to follow the Kremlin’s narrative on the invasion of Ukraine. Now it has shut down amid a crackdown on dissenting voices

Madras HC stays certain sub-clauses of new IT Rules, says they 'rob independence of media'
India

Madras HC stays certain sub-clauses of new IT Rules, says they 'rob independence of media'

The Bombay High Court, on 14 August this year, had stayed the operation of sub-rules (1) and (3) of Rule 9 of the said Rules of 2021, the bench pointed out

Media's failure in contending with second COVID-19 wave has left Indians paying the price
India

Media's failure in contending with second COVID-19 wave has left Indians paying the price

The systemic lapses that exacerbated the scale of the second COVID-19 wave would arguably not have happened in a country with a freer media that was doing the job it is meant to do.

No interference in press functioning, Centre tells LS as UK parliament prepares to debate press freedom in India
India

No interference in press functioning, Centre tells LS as UK parliament prepares to debate press freedom in India

The debate in UK parliament comes after a petition from Maidenhead Liberal Democrats councillor Gurch Singh, whose roots are in Ludhiana

Number of journalists killed for their reporting doubled in 2020, finds CPJ; Mexico, Syria and Afghanistan deadliest countries
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Number of journalists killed for their reporting doubled in 2020, finds CPJ; Mexico, Syria and Afghanistan deadliest countries

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 30 journalists were killed worldwide this year with 21 of those killings being a direct response to the reporters’ work. India reported two deaths in 2020

Gunmen kill Afghan female TV anchor who advocated for rights of women, children
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Gunmen kill Afghan female TV anchor who advocated for rights of women, children

The attackers opened fire on Malala Maiwand's car soon after she left her house in the eastern Nangarhar province, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor

'Publish foreign content after due verification': Press Council warns media houses of consequences
India

'Publish foreign content after due verification': Press Council warns media houses of consequences

The quasi-judicial body warned the Indian publications that they will be held responsible for the reportage, irrespective of from where it sourced the article

Siddique Kappan was going to Hathras under the 'garb of journalism' to disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC
India

Siddique Kappan was going to Hathras under the 'garb of journalism' to disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC

Meanwhile, CJI SA Bobde raised concerns over misreporting in the case and asked the petitioner Kerala Union of Working Journalists' to file a rejoinder to the UP govt's affidavit while postponing the hearing in the case by a week

Journalist's body found on railway track in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao; FIR against three, including two cops
India

Journalist's body found on railway track in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao; FIR against three, including two cops

Police have lodged an FIR against Sub-Inspector Sunita Chaurasia, constable Amar Singh and one other person after the deceased's family said Chaurasia was friends with the scribe and could be behind his death

'Can't stand it': CJI tells Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami's lawyer, seeks assurance of responsible reporting
India

'Can't stand it': CJI tells Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami's lawyer, seeks assurance of responsible reporting

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said that peace and harmony of society is what matters to the court and there are some grounds where one has to tread cautiously

Authorities weaponising sedition laws, says former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur
India

Authorities weaponising sedition laws, says former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur

The former apex court judge criticised the "weaponising" of the sedition laws, "abuse" of prohibitory orders and blanket shutdown of the internet

Charlie Hebdo attack trial: 'Nothing to regret' over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, magazine's chief tells court
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Charlie Hebdo attack trial: 'Nothing to regret' over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, magazine's chief tells court

Laurent Sourisseau, who was badly wounded when Islamist gunmen attacked the French weekly's office in Paris in 2015, also said that he doesn't want to be "dependent on the insane arbitrariness of fanatics"

Editors Guild condemns recent attacks on journalists in Delhi and Bengaluru, urges authorities to act
India

Editors Guild condemns recent attacks on journalists in Delhi and Bengaluru, urges authorities to act

The Bengaluru incident highlights law enforcement's failure to maintain an environment where the media can function without fear, the guild said.

'We will persevere': A newspaper faces the weight of Hong Kong's crackdown
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'We will persevere': A newspaper faces the weight of Hong Kong's crackdown

In Hong Kong’s newly restrictive environment, the freewheeling publication is both a target and a test case for the government’s authority over the media

Reporter has fundamental right to publish news that may not be palatable to administration: Calcutta HC
India

Reporter has fundamental right to publish news that may not be palatable to administration: Calcutta HC

The Calcutta High Court made the observation while allowing an anticipatory bail plea moved by an ETV reporter whose story on bribery among police officials earned him an FIR.

Govt fines PTI Rs 84.48 crore over lease agreement 'violations' for its Sansad Marg office in Delhi
India

Govt fines PTI Rs 84.48 crore over lease agreement 'violations' for its Sansad Marg office in Delhi

The government has asked PTI to pay the amount by 7 August, failing which the agency will have to pay 10 percent interest on the total dues.

Must Prasar Bharati spend taxpayers’ money on PTI? Five questions on press trust
India

Must Prasar Bharati spend taxpayers’ money on PTI? Five questions on press trust

The PTI building stands on land leased for pittance by the government, besides it getting a substantial taxpayers’ money — over Rs 9 crore annually of its Rs 110 crore-odd revenue from subscriptions and services.

India drops two places on global press freedom index, ranked 142nd out of 180 nations; RSF cites pressure to toe 'Hindu nationalist government's line'
India

India drops two places on global press freedom index, ranked 142nd out of 180 nations; RSF cites pressure to toe 'Hindu nationalist government's line'

Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) attributed India's decline on the World Press Freedom Index 2020 to 'pressure on the media to toe the Hindu nationalist government's line'