A creeping quiet in Indian journalism?

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis
Date Written:  2017-11-15
Publisher:  Huffington Post
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21825

How a combination of government pressure, harassment by political activists, commercial actors including both advertisers and some media owners, is exercising a chilling effect on Indian journalism.



Both the Jay Amit Shah case and the Adani case play out against a backdrop of what many journalists I spoke to in India describe as a climate of fear. People are reluctant to be quoted, so I will not name names here, but in my conversations, journalists and editors point to five different factors.

First, public attacks on the press by prominent politicians, including for example the BJP minister VK Singh referring to journalists as "presstitutes", another BJP minister Kiren Rijiju telling journalists to "stop this habit of raising doubt, questioning the authorities", and the Rajastan state government trying to limit reporting of public officials and withdrawing government advertising from some papers.

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