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  • Cry Freedom

    Cry Freedom

    “We are not targeting reporters. We are targeting national security offences,” said Steve Li, the head of the national security department. The Stand News office was raided, and three men and four women were arrested on suspicion of “conspiracy to publish seditious publications”. Wednesday’s assault on press freedom has had its echo in distant Germany and the rights office of the United Nations in Geneva

    December 31, 2021
  • A grim year for journalists

    A grim year for journalists

    The 2021 press freedom index released recently by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) makes for grim reading. The report reveals that 488 journalists were detained in 2021 – an increase of 20 per cent compared to the previous year – while a total of 46 were killed and 65 held hostage. Of those detained, 60 were women (33 per cent higher than 2020).

    December 27, 2021
  • Press pressure

    Press pressure

    Journalists in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world to report from, see the legislation as a blatant attempt to curtail the independence of the media.

    September 17, 2021
  • Diplomatic missions to Myanmar underscore need for press freedom

    Diplomatic missions to Myanmar underscore need for press freedom

    More than 80 journalists have been detained since a February 1 coup by the military, more than half of whom remain in custody, reports DPA news agency.

    May 3, 2021
  • Red lines expand as Hong Kong’s Press suffers

    Red lines expand as Hong Kong’s Press suffers

    The chilling effects of Beijing's new National Security Law for Hong Kong are being felt most by journalists, says YUEN CHAN

    August 20, 2020
  • Threats, Repression to Press freedom biggest hurdle for new age journalists: Peter Rimmele

    Threats, Repression to Press freedom biggest hurdle for new age journalists: Peter Rimmele

    The post-graduate diploma certificates in print journalism were distributed among six students of the Statesman Print Journalism School.

    May 14, 2019
  • IPI award for Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida whose report suggested Pakistan Army role in 26/11 attacks

    IPI award for Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida whose report suggested Pakistan Army role in 26/11 attacks

    IPI gives this award to journalists “who have made significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk”

    April 25, 2019
  • ANN expresses concern for press freedom in Philippines following arrest of Rappler’s Maria Ressa

    ANN expresses concern for press freedom in Philippines following arrest of Rappler’s Maria Ressa

    ANN said that Ressa’s arrest “on grounds that raise concern, violates the freedom that media organisations need to have, to play their part as a key pillar of functioning democracies”.

    February 14, 2019
  • Nepal’s clampdown on Press freedoms

    Nepal’s clampdown on Press freedoms

    Nepal’s government has become more highhanded with regard to freedom of expression and press freedom. It ignored the amendment to the criminal code and its procedures. The code’s provisions relating to national security, social security, law and order, hate speech, blasphemy, obscenity and pornography and social harmony, press freedom and freedom of expression (FOE) are …

    October 19, 2018
  • Dhaka and digital absolutism

    Dhaka and digital absolutism

    On September 19, Bangladesh passed the latest iteration of its digital policy. Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, who proposed the Digital Security Bill 2018 to the parliament, called it a “historic” and “heavenly” law, compared to digital laws in other countries. He also made a cryptic reference to a “digital war” in the …

    October 15, 2018
  • US President vs Press

    US President vs Press

    The fact that at least 350 media entities in the United States of America ran editorials last Thursday condemning Donald Trump’s inbuilt aversion towards and consistent attack on the Press is in itself testament to the freedom of the media, indeed the bedrock of a vibrant democracy. Not that he is the first US President …

    August 19, 2018
  • PM Modi targets Congress: ‘Their mentality now is the same as it was during Emergency’

    PM Modi targets Congress: ‘Their mentality now is the same as it was during Emergency’

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Ramnath Goenka, Kuldip Nayar and The Statesman for standing up against the restrictions on press freedom in days of the Emergency.

    June 26, 2018
  • Death of Heroism

    Death of Heroism

    The gesture was more than a customary ritual; there is no mistaking the pregnant symbolism. When fellow journalists lit candles on Monday in front of a photograph of AFP’s photographer, Shah Marai, in Kabul, the professionals in a daunting terrain were mourning a militant outrage, most particularly on Press freedom and society in the wider …

    May 4, 2018
  • PM Modi hails journalists, social media users for upholding press freedom

    PM Modi hails journalists, social media users for upholding press freedom

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the journalistic community and praised their relentless efforts to ensure press freedom on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

    May 3, 2018
  • Press freedom down, 3 journalists killed in 2018: Report

    Press freedom down, 3 journalists killed in 2018: Report

    All three journalists killed in the January-April period were mowed down by vehicles. 

    May 2, 2018
  • Zip it up

    Zip it up

    Adistinction must be drawn between an “announcement” at a press conference and the carrying-out of any action or threat made public to be media. The police in Lucknow clearly jumped the gun recently when invoking the legal provision of “apprehending a breach of the peace” to detain members of a Dalit group even before they …

    July 8, 2017
  • Journalists uncomfortable with Bhutan’s press freedom rank

    Journalists uncomfortable with Bhutan’s press freedom rank

    The Reporters Without Borders’ recent press freedom ranking has caused a stir among those working in the mainstream media industry. Bhutan jumped 10 places in the Reporters Without Borders’ rankings last year even as journalists continued their complaints about the industry’s worsening state. The country shot 30 places in the past three years, ranking 84 …

    May 1, 2017