CPJ to release special report on press freedom in India

CPJ to release special report on press freedom in India

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New York – The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on press freedom in India on August 29, 2016,
entitled “Dangerous pursuit: In India, journalists who cover corruption may pay with their lives.”The report examines the deaths of three journalists-Jagendra Singh, Umesh Rajput, and Akshay Singh-and the authorities’ response, highlighting impunity in the killing of journalists, especially those outside of the major urban centers who cover local wrongdoing. Freelancer http://cl.s4.exct.net/?qs=766e04824fcddb2854f3ddead7aa519db305f9481162f902f54dfb20c8e1acce Jagendra Singh, who died from his injuries after he reported being set on fire by police in June 2015, was covering allegations that a local minister was involved in land grabs and a rape. Before he was shot dead in January 2011, http://cl.s4.exct.net/?qs=766e04824fcddb28de9b4b0a2363e5ecc2acf82513f488e709c6aa0dd1d1d0d7  Umesh Rajput was reporting on allegations of medical negligence and claims that the son of a politician was involved in illegal gambling. Investigative reporter
http://cl.s4.exct.net/?qs=766e04824fcddb286f1c109a9ee3a3b1af49e82ef19675c621283bec0713e919 Akshay Singh was working on a story linked to the $1 billion university admissions racket when he died unexpectedly in July 2015.
The report includes recommendations to the Indian government, the Uttar Pradesh state government, and the Central Bureau of Investigations. CPJ is seeking meetings with Indian officials to discuss the findings and recommendations. – CPJ Press release

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