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World Press Freedom Day: US slams internet shutdowns, asks for accountability

US slams govt-imposed internet shutdowns, seeks accountability for crimes against journalists
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a videoconference at the State Department in Washington. (Leah Millis / REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a videoconference at the State Department in Washington. (Leah Millis / REUTERS)
Published on May 03, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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Kerala decides not to implement police act amendment after widespread protests

In a brief statement days after the ordinance was issued, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was the government’s duty to respect the concern voiced by various quarters.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 09:16 AM IST
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Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu

Taiwan shuts pro-China TV channel in battle over press freedom

The NCC will not renew the broadcast license of Chung T’ien News. NCC chairman said at a briefing in Taipei that the station had repeatedly violated broadcast regulations,failed to fact check news items, and the pro-China owner is involved in editorial decisions
Chung T’ien News has often strongly critical of President Tsai Ing-wen, who views the island as a de facto independent nation(REUTERS)
Chung T’ien News has often strongly critical of President Tsai Ing-wen, who views the island as a de facto independent nation(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 18, 2020 08:52 PM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Why the media needs to introspect

Opinion is divided over Arnab Goswami’s arrest. Some feel that this is politically-motivated retaliation by the Thackeray government, while some say this is a criminal case which has nothing to do with press freedom or freedom of expression
Goswami and some other mediapersons have gone against established norms under which the media has long functioned and have hurt people in the process(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Goswami and some other mediapersons have gone against established norms under which the media has long functioned and have hurt people in the process(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2020 06:41 AM IST
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By Shashi Shekhar

Curbing fake news doesn’t impinge on press freedom, writes Prakash Javadekar

Rumours are spread widely as news, with dangerous consequences. The government is committed to battling it
A mischievous piece of fake news nearly triggered a clash between migrant workers and the Mumbai police. This is dangerous(AP)
A mischievous piece of fake news nearly triggered a clash between migrant workers and the Mumbai police. This is dangerous(AP)
Updated on May 14, 2020 08:59 PM IST
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By Prakash Javadekar

Scotland Yard under fire over probe into envoy’s email leak

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who organized a conference on threat to media freedom across the world this week, defended the right of the press to publish Darroch’s leaked emails that described the Trump administration as ‘inept, insecure and incompetent’, among other remarks.
The new row centered around a statement by Scotland Yard’s assistant commissioner Neil Basu .(FILE PHOTO.)
The new row centered around a statement by Scotland Yard’s assistant commissioner Neil Basu .(FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 13, 2019 06:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar

‘Collective shrug’: Amal Clooney slams world leaders on Khashoggi death

The Washington Post columnist was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last year. According to the United Nations cultural body UNESCO, 99 media workers were killed worldwide in 2018.
The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last year.(Reuters File Photo)
The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last year.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2019 02:57 PM IST
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London | By Associated Press

Opposition for debate on farm, job distress

Opposition parties raised issues such as unemployment, farmer distress, drought, and press freedom at an all-party meeting the government had called ahead of the Parliament’s budget session from Monday.
Opposition parties raised issues such as unemployment, farmer distress, drought, and press freedom at an all-party meeting the government had called.(PTI File Photo)
Opposition parties raised issues such as unemployment, farmer distress, drought, and press freedom at an all-party meeting the government had called.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 07:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

US charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act

A new indictment alleges that Assange actively conspired with Manning to steal the hundreds of thousands of classified files “with reason to believe that the information was to be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation,” the Justice Department said.
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on May 24, 2019 01:54 PM IST
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Washington | By AFP

Barring journalists from Republic Day event at Srinagar an attack on press freedom: Editors Guild

The Editors Guild of India has termed the barring of journalists from covering the Republic Day function in Srinagar as an “unprecedented state-sponsored attack on press freedom”.
Security personnel stand guard during 70th Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar.(ANI)
Security personnel stand guard during 70th Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 11:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar

Myanmar court rejects appeal by two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail

A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.
Wa Lone, 32, (right) and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted by a lower court in September in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.(AP/File Photo)
Wa Lone, 32, (right) and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted by a lower court in September in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 12:54 PM IST
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Yangon | By Reuters

Hold unbiased probe into sexual harassment cases: Editors Guild tells media organisations

Editors Guild has also expressed concern and dismay over the incidence of alleged sexual harassment and assault on women journalists.
Editors Guild said this is the time for media organisations to strengthen internal processes, including training of staff and improving awareness, as mandated by the law and even beyond.(Shutterstock)
Editors Guild said this is the time for media organisations to strengthen internal processes, including training of staff and improving awareness, as mandated by the law and even beyond.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 09, 2018 06:48 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

India’s ranking in press freedom falls two places to 138: Watchdog

The Reporters Without Borders cites the case of the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, and warns that hatecrime is another issue plaguing India.
A college student participates in a protest to defend press freedom in Manila. A Reporters Without Borders survey says Norway topped the list of having the world’s freest press for the second year in a row.(AFP Photo)
A college student participates in a protest to defend press freedom in Manila. A Reporters Without Borders survey says Norway topped the list of having the world’s freest press for the second year in a row.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 12:03 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, London | By Press Trust of India

Crackdown on press freedom no solution to curb fake news, says Amnesty

While intentionally misleading and deceitful reports are a real problem, the solution is not to crack down on press freedom, says executive director of Amnesty International India.
Executive director of Amnesty International India says several government spokespersons have been known to disseminate disinformation which they should know to be false, on social media and on television.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Executive director of Amnesty International India says several government spokespersons have been known to disseminate disinformation which they should know to be false, on social media and on television.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 06:23 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By Indo-Asian News Service

India to Thailand: What governments are doing to fight ‘fake news’

Smriti Irani’s information and broadcasting ministry dropped a controversial press statement that said journalists found guilty of writing or broadcasting “fake news” would lose their government accreditation. Here is what countries are doing to tackle “fake news”.
US President Donald Trump often accuses media of spreading fake news about him.(Reuters file photo)
US President Donald Trump often accuses media of spreading fake news about him.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 07:57 PM IST
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