ICWS@70: India and the Media - 18 February 2019
In the past five years, there have been over 200 attacks on journalists and bloggers across India, with the greatest number of cases in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Three leading commentators on modern-day India discussed the sources and impact of multiple pressures from state and non-state actors on India’s once vibrant media. In the view of the Editors Guild of India, members of the BJP government and its extremist Hindu allies have “declared war”. The panelists considered the implications of targeting print, broadcast and online outlets for the country’s forthcoming elections in April and May 2019.
Chair: Mrs Rita Payne, Emeritus Chair, Commonwealth Journalists Association
Speakers: Professor James Manor, former Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Nupur Basu, journalist and documentary film maker
Salil Tripathi, journalist and chair, Writers in Prison, PEN International
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