Press Freedom

  • No curbs on press freedom, assures Javadekar June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will not do anything to curb the freedom of the press in any form but the media should develop a mechanism to decide its responsibilities, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. "Sacrifices of many leaders during freedom struggle and Emergency contributed immensely to the...
  • LS polls: Congress targets Modi over press freedom May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday charged Narendra Modi with destroying media freedom in Gujarat and questioned his promise of ridding politics of criminals when he "embraces" accused like Amit Shah and Babubhai Bukharia. Taking a dig at the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate over his extending greetings to journalists on World...
  • Modi wishes journalists on World Press Freedom Day, slams DD row May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has slammed the row over his interview to Doordarshan. Taking to Twitter on World Press Freedom Day, the BJP PM candidate said, "On days such as this, I feel very sad to see our National TV channel struggling to maintain...
  • India 4th most dangerous country for journalists February 19, 2014

    One hundred and thirty-four journalists and media support staff were killed while on reporting assignments last year, with India fourth on the list of countries with the most number of deaths, the London-based International News Safety Institute (INSI) said on Tuesday. Most of those killed were targeted deliberately. Of these, 65...
  • Egypt: Army shuts down 3 TV channels, restricts Al Jazeera July 4, 2013

    Cairo: Egypt's military-led authorities shut down three Islamist-run TV stations on Wednesday including one operated by the Muslim Brotherhood after President Mohamed Morsi was toppled by the army, drawing a statement of concern from a press freedom watchdog. The security forces also raided the offices of Al Jazeera's Egyptian news channel...
  • 'Make self-regulation robust to avoid judicial intervention' May 26, 2013

    Mumbai: Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari on Saturday was called for a robust self-regulation in media to "keep out judicial intervention". "Content regulation in the media space is not going to come out of political executive, but will come out of the judicial process. Make self-regulation more inclusive...
  • Private dailies re-emerge in Myanmar, face difficulties April 2, 2013

    Yangon: Four private dailies hit the newsstands for the first time in almost 50 years in Myanmar on Monday, but many others failed to appear, hamstrung by poor financing, archaic equipment and a dearth of reporters. Sixteen dailies were granted licences by authorities, but only four were published. The government-affiliated Union Daily,...
  • Private newspapers published in Myanmar after 50 years April 1, 2013

    Yangon: Four private daily newspapers started temporary publication on Monday, signifying the re-introduction of private daily newspapers in the Southeast Asian nation after a gap of five decades. The four daily newspapers put into circulation are Pyidaungsu Daily (Union Daily), Shwe Naing Ngan Thit Daily (Golden Freshland Daily), San Taw...
  • Nitish slams Katju, trashes PCI's fact finding report February 21, 2013

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday slammed Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju for his 'unsubstantiated' remarks on curbs on press freedom in the state and trashed the PCI fact finding report. "Katju has cross the lines behooving dignity of his constitutional post and attacked me without substance...
  • Katju warns of legal action if press wrongly denied govt ads February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out at governments for allegedly stopping advertisements to publications over "critical" articles, Press Council chairperson Markandey Katju on Monday said it will not tolerate such behaviour and shall take suitable legal action. Stopping advertisements or drastically reducing them merely because a critical article has been published, is totally...
  • India drops to 140th rank in press freedom, lowest since 2002 January 30, 2013

    Washington: India has dropped nine places to 140th rank in the list of 179 countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index, which its authors said is the lowest for the "world's biggest democracy" since 2002. "In Asia, India (140th, -9) is at its lowest since 2002 because of increasing impunity...
  • Leveson report: David Cameron rejects press law November 30, 2012

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the idea of a law to regulate the British press on Thursday, risking a split in his government after an inquiry advised legal backing for a watchdog to police the sometimes outrageous conduct of newspapers. Opposing an independent regulator enshrined in law will delight the...
  • Katju sends notice to Chavan over press freedom February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairman Markandeya Katju on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over attacks on journalists in the state and threatened to recommend to the President dismissal of the state government. "It is the duty of the state government to maintain law and...
  • Journalists fight cops for rights in Ahmedabad June 2, 2008

    Ahmedabad: Journalists and civil rights activists have reacted angrily to the police charging three journalists of The Times of India with sedition. The resident editor of daily’s Ahmedabad edition, a reporter and photojournalist were charged on Sunday after the newspaper carried a series of articles which alleged that Police Commissioner O...
  • India, 12 other countries unsafe for journalists: Survey May 1, 2008

    United Nations: Thirteen countries are the worst offenders in letting killers of journalists get away with murder - from war-torn Iraq and Somalia to peaceful democracies including Mexico, Russia and India - the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. The committee said governments in the 13 countries have consistently failed...
  • Indians happy with media but there's a catch December 12, 2007

    London: Indians feel their news media is amongst the most free and unbiased in the world - that's according to a BBC world service poll on press freedom. The poll, conducted by Globescan and Synovate across 14 countries, found Indians to be positive about the honesty of news reporting in...