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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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An Average Indian Spends One-Third Waking Hours on Smartphone: Survey

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities -- found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens

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The result of Smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month. Pixabay

An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday.

More than half of the respondents have never tried to switch off from their social handles and confessed to not being able to live without their phones while almost all respondents prefered having virtual conversations with friends and relatives, said the joint survey by Cybermedia Research (CMR) with Chinese smartphone maker Vivo.

“The results demonstrate that the dependency over smartphones has increased. While smartphone will continue to be the primary go-to device, users have realized that periodically switching-off would help benefit their personal health,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

The result of smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month.

One in three people felt that they can’t even have a five-minute conversation with friends and family without checking their phones while three out of five respondents said that it’s important to have a life separate from mobile phone and that could help them lead to happier lives,” the findings showed.

“As the ‘born in the net’ generation grows up as digital natives, there is a fundamental change underway within society — redefining relationships, interactions and the very fabric of human emotions and exchanges,” said Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

“This transformation is also an opportunity to harness and drive positive change, reinforce balance and responsible proliferation of technology and its usage among consumers,” he added.

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An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday. Pixabay

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities — found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens and of them, 41 per cent were hooked to phones even before graduating from high school.

The total number of respondents was 2,000 out of which 36 per cent were women and 64 per cent were men.

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“For results based on a randomly chosen sample of this size, there is 95 per cent confidence that the results have a statistical precision of plus or minus 2.2 per cent of what they would be if the entire population had been surveyed,” said the survey. (IANS)