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What’s happened to Press Freedom in India?

Karnataka expressed outrage at the dastardly killing of Gauri Lankesh ji on 05 September 2017. 3 years on there is no justice done, and may not happen in the near future.

What’s happened to Press Freedom in India?

Karnataka expressed outrage at the dastardly killing of Gauri Lankesh ji on 05 September 2017. 3 years on there is no justice done, and may not happen in the near future.

What’s happened to Press Freedom in India?

Karnataka expressed outrage at the dastardly killing of Gauri Lankesh ji on 05 September 2017. 3 years on there is no justice done, and may not happen in the near future.

What’s happened to Press Freedom in India?

Karnataka expressed outrage at the dastardly killing of Gauri Lankesh ji on 05 September 2017. 3 years on there is no justice done, and may not happen in the near future.

India needs unbiased reporting, open conversations, and a trustworthy media now more than ever. Yet journalists are under threat for speaking truth to power.

We live in a world often described as “post-truth”, where “fake news” has become more widespread than fact-based reporting. We need good journalism more than ever. Yet being a journalist in India is becoming increasingly difficult for anyone who refuses to simply echo government rhetoric while steering well clear of the central problems the country faces.

In the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, India ranked 142 out of 180 – behind neighbouring countries such as Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Nepal. The reason why is simple. According to the report, “ever since the general elections in the spring of 2019, won overwhelmingly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, pressure on the media to toe the Hindu nationalist government’s line has increased.” Speaking truth to power – the mission of every true journalist – has become a dangerous occupation in Modi’s India.

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