NCRB data on attacks on journalists

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/12/2017

How many templates does the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) need to get right its data collection on attacks on journalists? Data on attacks on journalists is missing from the latest NCRB report released with much fanfare by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday and the report says a new template to record attacks on journalists, RTI activists and whistleblowers is being drawn up! NCRB began collecting the data in 2014, announced a new template in 2015 and, in 2017, the Minister of state for Home Hansraj Ahir  told the Rajya Sabha that there were 142 attacks in 2014-15 and 70 deaths in the last 24 years!           

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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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