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Minorities In India

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Unformatted text preview: ct. In August of the same year, Hindu nationalist activists from the Shiv Sena injured the editor of the Mumbai‐based Marathi daily Mahanagar in retaliation for remarks allegedly made against Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane in a private conversation. State violence against the press in Jammu and Kashmir causes significant self‐censorship there by journalists, who are reluctant to report on events. TREATMENT OF JOURNALISTS/PRESS: During 2006, two journalists were killed while doing their job. Prahlad Goala, working on a regional daily in Assam State in the north‐east, was killed after he wrote articles exposing nepotism on the part of a local official. Also, in the north‐east, a bureau chief escaped a murder attempt by an armed communist group. A young correspondent for a regional newspaper in Maharashtra State, central India, Arun Narayan Dekate, was stoned to death by gangsters he had named in his articles. The authorities in Chhattisgarh State, east‐central India, badly hit by a Maoist revolt, sacrificed press freedom to the fight against this new “terrorism”. A security order was adopted which allowed imprisonment from one to three years, for journalists meeting Maoist rebels. A score of reporters were assaulted or threatened with death by police officers or members of local militia supposed to counter the Maoist influence. At least two correspondents on the daily Hind Sat were forced to give up their work for fear of reprisals. The press did not really benefit from the Indian‐Pakistani rapprochement in Kashmir. Some increasingly radical separatist groups threatened suicide attacks on local cable television operators. Fearing for their safety, some of them decided to stop broadcasting channels considered “obscene” by the armed groups. Journalists were also targeted by these same groups. 8 In June, Shujaat Bukhari, correspondent in Kashmir for the national daily ‘The Hindu’, escaped a murder attempt by armed men. Indians security services have also been implicated in attacks against the press, as in the assault, in September, on three reporters, who were beaten by police officers in the streets of Srinagar. 9...
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