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Bangladesh government orders to block 191 'anti-state' news websites

Campaigners and foreign governments including the United States have long expressed worries about efforts by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence criticism.

published on : 31st January 2023
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"We support importance of free press around the world": US on ban of BBC documentary on PM Modi

The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the BBC story by claiming that it was entirely biased.

published on : 26th January 2023
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Adani defends media bid after press freedom fears, says should support government when appropriate

He added that it was time for India to have a global news conglomerate on par with Al Jazeera.

published on : 25th November 2022
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Pakistan: Another journalist leaves country amid mystery over Arshad Sharif's killing

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.

published on : 31st October 2022
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'Journalists are not terrorists' says SC, deprecates arrest of scribe from bedroom at midnight

Calling the police action 'excesses of the state', the top court said it seems that 'complete lawlessness' is prevailing in Jharkhand.

published on : 30th August 2022
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Bill to regulate digital media, 23 others to be tabled in monsoon session of Parliament

The Bill may see stiff opposition as it is said that this bill is being brought to control the small publishers and digital media.

published on : 16th July 2022
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Pakistan: Journalist attacked for calling Army generals 'property dealers'

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.

published on : 2nd July 2022
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Nobel Prize laureate Ressa says Philippine courts to decide on her news website closure order

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.

published on : 29th June 2022
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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.

published on : 29th June 2022
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Was fact-checker Zubair arrested for being evasive, uncooperative?

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.

published on : 28th June 2022
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'Extremely disturbing': Editor's Guild condemns journalist Muhammad Zubair's arrest

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.

published on : 28th June 2022
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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.

published on : 28th June 2022
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'Alt News' co-founder Mohammad Zubair arrested in Delhi for 'hurting religious sentiments'

Zubair joined the probe on Monday and after gathering sufficient evidence on record, he was arrested, Malhotra said.

published on : 27th June 2022
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UK approves Julian Assange's extradition to the US; WikiLeaks founder may appeal

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.

published on : 17th June 2022
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India slides down to 150th position from 142nd in RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index

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.

published on : 4th May 2022
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Supreme Court to hear pleas challenging constitutionality of sedition law on April 27

Several pleas challenging the colonial law are pending before the top court.

published on : 26th April 2022
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All opportunities are given to TV channels whose licence cancelled: Government tells Lok Sabha

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.

published on : 15th March 2022
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Need to end intimidation, detention of scribes in Kashmir Valley: Panel

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.

published on : 14th March 2022
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Media under attack, journalists should rise to protect press freedom: Justice Madan Lokur

He said a series of events, including lodging of FIRs against scribes and putting them under arrest for doing their job.

published on : 5th March 2022
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Haryana journalist reports on 'damaged wheat', booked for defamation, trespassing

The FIR claimed that when officials reached the location after the report was broadcast, they found the wheat under covers and undamaged.

published on : 17th September 2019
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