India Among the Worst for Press Freedom

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    The world’s largest democracy remains one of the most restrictive places for the press.

    In a report published Wednesday, Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based nonprofit, ranked India 140th out of 180 countries surveyed for the free speech it affords the media. This was a one-point jump from the country’s 2013 ranking, when it recorded its steepest fall on the annual-list since 2002.

    On Monday, acting on an agreement chalked out by a Delhi court, one of India’s largest publishing houses withdrew a 2009 book that reinterprets Hinduism, the latest instance of a book being removed from circulation in the country.

    The authors of Wednesday’s report singled out the insurgency in the disputed territory of Kashmir, where channels of communications, including telephone lines, satellite televisions and the Internet, are routinely suspended in response to unrest, as well as the killings of eight journalists in 2013, for India’s lowly press freedom ranking. The killings included those of Jitendra Singh, a freelancer in the eastern state of Jharkhand, who documented Maoist activists in the state, and that of Rakesh Sharma, a Hindi newspaper reporter who was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, in August.

    The People’s Liberation Front of India, a naxalite group, claimed responsibility for Mr. Singh’s death in April. A probe into the shooting of Mr. Sharma is ongoing.

    “Those responsible for threats and physical violence against journalists, who are often abandoned by the judicial system and forced to censor themselves, include police and security forces as well as criminal groups, demonstrators and political party supporters,” the nonprofit said in the report.

    The Indian government has also been under fire in recent years for its clampdown on social media.

    India’s Supreme Court for instance is currently hearing a defamation suit against tech giants Google and Facebook, a case that’s been pending before courts since 2011. And in 2012, the government sought to block Twitter accounts of some prominent journalists and news organizations, arguing the content was stoking communal tensions. The same year, a Mumbai court charged cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who likened the national Parliament to a toilet on his website, with sedition, a charge that was later dropped. These, among other reasons, led to India slipping nine places to 140th in Reporters Without Borders’s 2013 press ranking, which surveyed 179 countries.

    The 2014 list was topped by Finland for at least the third time in a row, followed by the Netherlands, Norway and Luxemburg. India fared better than neighbors Pakistan (158th), Sri Lanka (165th) and China (175th), but ranked lower than countries such as Afghanistan (128th) and Bangladesh (146th.) Eritrea, a small country in the Horn of Africa, had the worst rating at 180th in this year’s list.

    Follow Preetika and India Real Time on Twitter @preetika_Rana and @WSJIndia.

    India Among the Worst for Press Freedom - India Real Time - WSJ
     
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  3. Free Karma

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    lol comedy.

    I remember reading a report about how Indian govt was terrible as it kept asking for information about users from twitter and facebook, and hence internet freedom is bad in India.
    2 months later NSA revelations :lol:

    These ratings are for most part and thrash, perhaps the musings from firangistaan thread should be used as a repository for all of this.

    Edit: Look at the timing, perfectly coincides with the withdrawal of that garbage book.
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Whilst the western media is in bed literally with the govt.
     
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    ''Bull Shit'', nothing but useless indexes which make no difference.
     
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    Another hyperbola BS by firangis :lol:
     
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    Ridiculous. Ours is one of the most free press. The news media is neither restricted by Govt. or by the society or any groups to publish it's news. Else every night I would not have been entertained by Arnab's outrageous show! It actually dares to go against the popular beliefs and even what the Govt. wishes - as evident in NDTV's support to US action against Ms. Devyani.

    I may not like quite a few media houses, but calling them restricted by some western media shows how little those idiots actually know about India.

    I should not wonder though. How else 'Slumdog Millionaire' would have received Oscar, if not for utter ignorance by the part of the western fools?!!!

    The ugly hurtful book which was withdrawn was an action by the part of the publication house itself, upon receiving legal notice from the group; and I hope after reviewing the book basing on the letter written pointing out the outrages written by the author.
     

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