Commemorating the Hindi Journalism Day on May 30, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of journalists who succumbed to COVID-19. Lauding journalists, CM Adityanath stated, "During such challenging and testing times, all journalists and media workers have risked their lives to bring to us relevant and authentic information." He further assured his support to all journalists.
Goa’s session court on May 21 acquitted former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of all charges in the sexual assault case. Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague inside the elevator of hotel in Goa in 2013. While Tejpal’s defence counsel said "He has been acquitted from all charges. Order…will be uploaded later" Special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora said that the state will challenge Tejpal’s acquittal in High… read-more
A report by the Institute of Perception Studies has revealed that on each day in April 2021, at least three journalists have succumbed to COVID-19 on an average in India. Shockingly, in May, the average jumped to four deaths. As per the report, 238 journalists have died from April 2020 to May 16, 2021. Meanwhile, Telangana, with 39 deaths of journalists, is the worst-suffering state, followed by Uttar Pradesh (37).
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Prominent TV journalist and anchor Anjan Bandyopadhyay succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on May 16. The 56-year-old TV anchor was the editor for prominent Bengali TV news channel Zee 24 Ghanta. Infected with coronavirus in mid-April, Bandyopadhyay was hospitalised twice after his condition worsened, said the hospital authorities. The Press Club of Kolkata and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee offered condolences to his family… read-more
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Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on May 4 became the new entrants to declare journalists as frontline workers. Karnataka CM Yediyurappa said, "Our government has decided to consider journalists as frontline workers and accord priority in vaccination against COVID-19." Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu's soon-to-be CM MK Stalin echoed the same sentiments. Six states - West Bengal, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand - have already declared… read-more
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The Odisha government on May 2 recognized the state’s working journalists as frontline workers amid COVID battle. Announcing Rs 15 lakh ex-gratia for the kins of COVID-19 infected deaths of scribes, CM Naveen Patnaik informed of covering 6,944 journalists under the Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana. Under the scheme, the government will provide health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh. Notably, over 11 journalists have succumbed to COVID-… read-more
Popular news presenter Rohit Sardana passed away on April 30, battling COVID-19 infection. Sudhir Chaudary, the Editor-in-Chief of Zee News informed about Rohit's demise and expressed condolences through Twitter. Sardana had hosted several debate programs in Aaj Tak and Zee News. Moreover, he was awarded the Ganesh Vidyarthi Puraskar Award in 2018 for his notable work in TV journalism. Besides, he was associated with Aaj Tak News Channel… read-more
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French NGO ‘Reporters Without Borders’ has ranked India at 142nd position in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index. Ranking India consecutively second time on the position, the report categorised India under ‘Bad’ category depicting most dangerous place in the world for journalists. Raising concerns about deaths of journalists, the report highlighted ruling government's intimidation towards journalists critical of their policies. Norway topped… read-more
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Renowned journalist-cum-writer Anil Dharker has passed away on March 26, after undergoing a bypass procedure due to cardiac illness in Mumbai. With a career spanning over five decades, Dharkar's work includes "The Romance of Salt" book on historical Dandi March. Besides, he has served as an editor in leading publications like Mid-Day and The Independent. He was also a member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Doordarshan. Several… read-more
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Citing delay in FIR, a Delhi court granted bail to journalist Mandeep Punia on a bond of Rs 25,000 on February 2. The magistrate said that Mandeep was arrested for allegedly pushing constable Rajkumar at the protest site. Besides observing an anomaly with filing FIR, the court granted bail since the complainant, victims, and witnesses were all policemen. The court affirmed, ‘bail is a rule and jail is an exception’.
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