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Since 1992, 27 Indian journalists investigating corruption have been murdered, says Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) of New York

Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are the most dangerous areas to report from, given their "volatile" institutional structures and "complex" civil societies, the report said

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New Delhi, September 1, 2016: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-profit organisation based in New York, stated that as many as 27 journalists have been murdered in Indian direct retaliation for their work since 1992.

Lately, the CPJ reported, ‘Dangerous pursuit: In India, journalists who cover corruption may pay with their lives’, tells the stories of Jagendra Singh in Uttar Pradesh, Umesh Rajput in Chhattisgarh and Akshay Singh in Madhya Pradesh.

“The challenges faced by India’s press are highlighted by the cases of Jagendra Singh, Umesh Rajput, and Akshay Singh. Corruption was the impetus for all three journalists’ final reports and in all three cases, there have been no convictions,” Sumit Galhotra, CPJ’s Asia Program senior research associate, wrote in the report.

Freelancer Jagendra Singh, who died after being set on fire allegedly by the police in June 2015, was investigating allegations that a local minister was involved in land grabs and a rape. Before he was shot dead in January 2011, Umesh Rajput was investigating allegations of medical negligence and claims that the son of a politician was involved illegal gambling. Investigative reporter Akshay Singh was working on a story linked to the US $1 billion Vyapam admissions scandal — tests for professional jobs run by the Madhya Pradesh government — “when he died unexpectedly in July 2015”.

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Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are the most dangerous areas to report from (statistics do not put Chhattisgarh in the top three), given their “volatile” institutional structures and “complex” civil societies, the report said.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a global advocacy, called India“Asia’s deadliest country for Media personnel, ahead of both Pakistan and Afghanistan”, IndiaSpend reported in April 2016.

The CPJ report also shows how small-town journalists face greater risks than those from larger cities, and how India’s culture of impunity is leaving the country’s Mediavulnerable to threats and attacks. “They rarely get support from their employers if they are targeted,” Sujata Madhok, general secretary of the DelhiUnion of Journalists, told CPJ. “The gulf between journalists working in rural or remote areas and those working in big cities is huge”.

“The language a reporter writes in and, most importantly, what they are writing about — especially if it challenges the powerful — increase the vulnerability,” P. Sainath, co-founder of People’s Archive of Rural India, wrote in the report.

“While rural and small-town journalists often have to cover multiple beats, those included in CPJ’s list focused mainly on corruption, crime, and politics: three beats often closely intertwined,” the report said. “This hasn’t changed too much in the past three decades, but it has become worse with the retreat of the mainstream Media from covering rural India in any depth.”

Police are responsible for the first stages in any investigation, Geeta Sheshu, consulting editor of The Hoot, a Mediawatchdog, told CPJ. “A faulty first information report, not applying the appropriate sections of the law, not clearly recording witness statements or protecting vulnerable witnesses, and not following up on preliminary investigations can be damaging.”

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The CPJ has made various recommendations to the central government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the death of Akshay Singh and Umesh Rajput, the Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh state governments and the Indian media.

These include: Provide sufficient resources and political support to improve the capacity of authorities to conduct timely investigations and trials relating to crimes against journalists, including freelancers, bloggers, and those who publish news on social media;

Immediately transfer the investigation into the 2015 death of Jagendra Singh in Uttar Pradesh from state police to the CBI; and employers should establish clear mechanisms for staff and freelancers to report threats, harassment, or attacks, and offer appropriate support. (IANS)

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Couldn’t agree more. Vayyapam scam for instance.

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Definitely true. It should be seen as a serious matter of concern..these politics are let to control or even take life’s of those working for nation and its ethics.

  • Arya Sharan

    Fair and ethical reporting is the what society demand from the media but when the truth is revealed, the same media has to suffer.

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Couldn’t agree more. Vayyapam scam for instance.

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Definitely true. It should be seen as a serious matter of concern..these politics are let to control or even take life’s of those working for nation and its ethics.

  • Arya Sharan

    Fair and ethical reporting is the what society demand from the media but when the truth is revealed, the same media has to suffer.

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Survey Reveals that Indian Youth Prefer Job Stability Over Salary

79 per cent of the survey respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 cities, the study revealed

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A survey on Monday revealed that job security, followed by a healthy work-life balance, drives Indian youth to opt for banking and government jobs.

Based on the responses from 5000 banking and government jobs aspirants across the country, the survey from the online competitive exam preparation space — Oliveboard found that 44.3 per cent respondents voted for job stability, while 36.7 per cent chose better work-life balance over other popular considerations, such as good salary (11.1 per cent).

79 per cent of the survey respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 cities, the study revealed.

“When we speak of the aspirations of Indian youth, it is important to look beyond the mega cities, teeming with MNCs and startups. The majority of Indians live in small towns and villages, where public sector jobs are most sought after,” said Abhishek Patil, CEO and Co-founder, Oliveboard.

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“Our survey sheds light on the dreams and motivations of this oft-ignored section of society,” Patil said.

According to the survey, 23 per cent of the respondents opted for a mock test in Hindi instead of English.

In terms of preferred mode for exam preparation, 58.7 per cent voted for online mock tests, while YouTube classes and videos (44.5 per cent) came second, and traditional coaching institutes (8.4per cent) were the last choice.

A majority of the candidates (39.4 per cent) prepare for three or more competitive exams at the same time, the study said.

The survey also found that access to online coaching for competitive exams, such as JEE, NEET, Banking, SSC and GATE, has gained greater momentum.

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Job security, followed by a healthy work-life balance, drives Indian youth to opt for banking and government jobs. Pixabay

Online learning and personalised education tools are replacing traditional coaching methods.

Social media is definitely a game-changer, offering easy access to discussion forums and study groups.

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According to the data, Telegram groups (31.5 per cent), WhatsApp groups (31.5 per cent) and Oliveboard discussion forum (27.1 per cent) are the most popular platforms to interact with peers and educators. (IANS)