Campaigners and foreign governments including the United States have long expressed worries about efforts by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence criticism.
The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the BBC story by claiming that it was entirely biased.
He added that it was time for India to have a global news conglomerate on par with Al Jazeera.
Pakistan is one of the world's deadliest countries for journalists, with three to four murders each year that are linked to corruption or illegal trafficking and go completely unpunished says RSF.
Calling the police action 'excesses of the state', the top court said it seems that 'complete lawlessness' is prevailing in Jharkhand.
The Bill may see stiff opposition as it is said that this bill is being brought to control the small publishers and digital media.
While describing the incident, Ayaz Amir, with bruises on his face, said that his car was intercepted by a vehicle while coming back from the office after recording his television show.
The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday affirmed its revocation of Rappler’s license over a breach of the ban on foreign ownership and control of media outlets.
Journalists should not be jailed for 'what they write, tweet and say': UN spokesperson on Zubair's arrest
Meanwhile, New York-based independent non-profit, non-governmental organisation Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also condemned Zubair's arrest.
Incidentally, the Alt News' co-founder was the first person to share former BJP leader Nupur Sharma's alleged remarks against Prophet Mohammed during a TV debate.
Zubair and his website AltNews have done some exemplary work over the past few years in identifying fake news and countering disinformation campaigns, the Guild said.
Arresting one voice of truth will only give rise to a thousand more: Rahul on journo Zubair's arrest
Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through one of his tweets.
Zubair joined the probe on Monday and after gathering sufficient evidence on record, he was arrested, Malhotra said.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel gave the requisite ministerial sign-off for the Australian national's extradition order after several stages of court appeals right up to the Supreme Court.
The ranking of India's neighbours, except that of Nepal, have also slid down, with the index placing Pakistan at 157th position, Sri Lanka 146th, Bangladesh 162nd and Maynmar at 176th position.
Several pleas challenging the colonial law are pending before the top court.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan said all fresh and renewal applications of private TV channels are vetted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The three-member panel also recommended ending intimidation and detention of journalists and setting up of a three-way Media Advisory Committee to encourage dialogue among stakeholders.
He said a series of events, including lodging of FIRs against scribes and putting them under arrest for doing their job.
The FIR claimed that when officials reached the location after the report was broadcast, they found the wheat under covers and undamaged.