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Jagan turns on the media: attacks on journalists and intimidation of news channels

Here’s why you need to think about where your news on Andhra Pradesh is coming from.

Jagan turns on the media: attacks on journalists and intimidation of news channels

Here’s why you need to think about where your news on Andhra Pradesh is coming from.

Jagan turns on the media: attacks on journalists and intimidation of news channels

Here’s why you need to think about where your news on Andhra Pradesh is coming from.

Jagan turns on the media: attacks on journalists and intimidation of news channels

Here’s why you need to think about where your news on Andhra Pradesh is coming from.

At times like this we need quality, unbiased reporting more than ever.

In Andhra Pradesh, independent media – the newspapers and online platforms you can trust to give you unbiased reporting – is under threat.

Journalists themselves are in real danger. In October 2019, a journalist working for Andhra Jyothy, a Telugu daily, was murdered. An MLA for the YSR Congress Party, Dadisetti Ramalingeswara Rao, was arrested for the crime. It wasn't an isolated incident. Three other journalists had been violently attacked and nearly killed in the months before; in each case, a YSR Congress member was implicated.

Almost immediately after his election, AP’s Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy gave a free hand to government departments to start proceedings against media outlets publishing “baseless and defamatory” news. His definition of “defamatory” is any story that does not portray his government in a good light, or questions his leadership.

His actions towards the press amount to censorship and intimidation.

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