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Rise in criminal cases against journalists worsening press freedom in India, says new report

A new report by Mumbai based Free Press Collective has termed the sharp rise in criminal cases against journalist’s in India – especially in BJP ruled states – as “contributing to the deterioration in the climate for free speech in India.”

The report titled “Behind Bars: Arrests and Detentions of Journalists in India 2010-2020” provides an analysis of a decade of arrests, detentions, summons, interrogations and show-cause notices against journalists in India in the last decade.

The 33-page report says that in the last decade, 154 journalists in India were arrested, detained, interrogated or served show cause notices for their professional work and a little over 40 per cent of these instances were in 2020. “Nine foreign journalists faced deportation, arrest, interrogations or were denied entry into India,” says the report…