Watch: Ravish Kumar has been given death threats. Here is his conversation with Kunal Kamra

‘Mass media has always been used to distract people. But its scale has gone up.’ Play Television journalist Ravish Kumar has consistently been the target of attacks from those who do not care for his anti-establishment stance. Now, as the video report below shows, these have escalated to direct threats to kill him, made by an emboldened group of people …

Rumors on WhatsApp Ignite 2 Mob Attacks in India, Killing 7

ImageRelatives buried Abu Hanif, 16, and Reaz Uddin, 18, two young Muslim men beaten to death by a mob last month over allegations of cow theft. Episodes of mob violence occur regularly in India, typically overlooked except when they are religiously motivated or involve attacks on women.CreditAnupam Nath/Associated Press By Geeta Anand and Suhasini Raj MUMBAI, India — The video, widely circulated on …

For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

BY SHREYA ILA ANASUYA After fake tweets and fake videos, Rana Ayyub was doxxed, her personal details, phone number and address, were posted with the intention to threaten and even attack her. On 22 April, prominent journalist Rana Ayyub received word of a comment circulating on Twitter that had been falsely attributed to her. The handle on which it appeared …

eep Sardesai Threatened With Police Complaint For Inviting Activist Nandini Sundar To His Show

By Adrija Bose In a letter, threatening to file a police complaint against Sardesai, LRO called Nandini Sundar a ‘naxal worker’. In a letter sent to veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, a group that calls itself Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) has threatened to file a police complaint and take legal action against him. LRO has taken exception to Sardesai’s choice of …

India makes U-turn after proposing to punish ‘fake news’ publishers

By Sugam Pokharel and Joshua Berlinger, CNN The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, faced criticism over the measure. Story highlights The measure was pulled after widespread public backlash Leaders throughout Asia have targeted what they call “fake news” (CNN)The Indian government is shelving a rule to punish journalists for publishing “fake news” just 48 hours after its introduction. The proposed …

India’s ‘Fake News’ Crackdown Crumbles Over Journalists’ Outrage

ImageNewspapers for sale in New Delhi. The government’s “fake news” rule would have affected print and broadcast media, but not digital outlets.CreditMoney Sharma/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj   NEW DELHI — The Indian government called the decree a crackdown on fake news. It lasted less than a day. On Monday evening, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting …

The lynching that changed India

By: Abhimanyu Kumar Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn the day after he was killed by a mob on September 28, 2015 [Reuters] Part 1: ‘Open wounds’ – the lynched Jan Mohammad is worried. It has been two years since his brother, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched, and the 18 men who stand accused of killing him have been released on bail. …