‘Activists in Shackles’: Indians Denounce Arrests as Crackdown on Dissent

By Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj NEW DELHI — Vernon Gonsalves, a rights activist, was preparing for his morning bath when the police banged on his front door. Officers rummaged through his home in Mumbai for nearly eight hours, confiscating books, his laptop, a hard drive and pen drives — and then arrested him. “My dad’s phone was seized, and our phones were …

Police probe into Kasganj violence ‘grossly compromised’, Muslims were ‘selectively targeted’, claims report by activists

New Delhi: Muslims were “selectively targeted” in the wake of the 26 January communal clashes in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj and the police probe into the violence was “grossly compromised”, a report prepared by civil rights activists has alleged. The report — Truth of Kasganj — released on Wednesday also alleged that there were “inconsistencies” in the police’s version of the violence, …

India’s Supreme Court warns of ‘mobocracy,’ urges government to pass anti-lynching law after deadly attacks

Indians participate in a candlelight vigil in memory of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq who was lynched by a mob, in New Delhi, in this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo. (Altaf Qadri/AP) By Annie Gowen NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court urged the government to pass a new anti-lynching law and to stop the spread of Internet rumors after dozens of people …

India Says Rumors About Child Snatching on WhatsApp Led to Mob Killings

Violence blamed on posts carried by the messaging service has claimed up to 24 lives since May Family members in Korremula, India, grieved in May near the portrait of a rickshaw driver who was killed after a mob became inflamed by social-media posts. PHOTO: MAHESH KUMAR A./ASSOCIATED PRESS BY: Krishna Pokharel and  Rajesh Roy NEW DELHI—India’s government blasted Facebook Inc. -owned messaging service WhatsApp following a …

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 …

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 …

Eleven Journalists Killed, 46 Attacked, 27 Cases of Police Action: Report on Press Freedom 2017

From Gauri Lankesh’s murder to defamation suits, attacks on the media have become commonplace. New Delhi: The ‘India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017’ by The Hoot confirms with data what an alarming year 2017 was for journalists, including photographers and stringers, reporting from different parts of the country. Last year saw 11 journalists murdered, the reason for …