Free Speech Reports

Journalists remain in the cross hairs

BY GEETA SESHU| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |02/05/2018 
Free Speech in 2018: Murder, violence, threats, gags, and policy clampdowns – that’s how the year started.

 

The climate for free speech in India

IN SPECIAL REPORTS |20/01/2018

The Hoot’s annual report attempts a state-wise overview of the climate for media freedom and free speech.

 

 

A good year in the courts for free speech

BY SEVANTI NINAN, RAHUL BHATNAGAR, SHILPI GOYAL| IN JUDGEMENTS |03/01/2018

It’s been win some, lose some but some of the more significant rulings have been in favour of media freedom,

 

The India Freedom Report, January 2016-April 2017

BY SEVANTI NINAN, GEETA SESHU, SHILPI GOYAL| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/05/2017

The Hoot’s comprehensive report on free speech issues in India, released on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

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India 2016-17: The silencing of journalists

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/04/2017


As attacks on journalists rise, so does impunity owing to the politician-police nexus letting the culprits off. Exposing wrongdoing is now very risky.

 

Censoring the arts—humouring offended mobs

BY SEVANTI NINAN, GEETA SESHU, SHILPI GOYAL| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |18/03/2017

INDIA’S FREE SPEECH CHALLENGES—Part I. Films, television and public events ran into deletions and protests from a whole range of perpetrators in the last 15 months.

 

Free speech in India, 2015

IN SPECIAL REPORTS |31/12/2015

Eight deaths, 30 attacks, 48 cases of defamation, 14 of sedition—its been grim year for free speech in India.

 

 

Increase in censorship in India

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |14/04/2014

Chilling effects of at least 52 instances of censorship in the first quarter of 2014 by the state, Hindu groups, publishers, student groups and others.

 

 

Press freedom: May 2012

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |04/05/2012

As we observed World Press Freedom Day on May 03,

 

 

Free Speech in 2011: A Hoot Report

BY FSH| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/12/2011

For the media, 2011 was marked by the killings of journalists, major censorship and surveillance issues, far-reaching legislation, limits on online media freedom and more.

 

Sedition, free speech and dissent

BY FSH| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/12/2010

The year 2010 has seen this law invoked by state governments on not less than five occasions, including Dr Sen’s case. Is the law on sedition being invoked a little too often for a democracy that values free speech?

 

India falls in world press freedom ranking, rest of the world situation grim

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |20/10/2010

Press freedom has little to do with economic power and India’s much touted economic reforms haven’t helped protect the media,

 

Press Freedom in 2006

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |31/12/2006

Eighty one journalists killed - the deadliest year since 1994. Fifty six kidnapped, mostly in Iraq and the Gaza Strip.

 

Press freedom in Andhra Pradesh

BY s r ramanujan| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |09/08/2006

There were two unrelated instances last month in Andhra Pradesh concerning media which reflect poorly on the image of the government.

 

Press freedom in 2005

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |06/01/2006

Violence still increasing: 63 journalists killed, more than 1,300 physically attacked or threatened. Cases of censorship up, cyber dissidents jailed.

 

 

Capping a steady erosion of press freedom

BY ninan| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |10/11/2003

The arrests ordered of the top echelon of the Hindu are merely the spectacular capping of an insidious trend pursued by both the Central and state governments.

 

How many journalists were actually killed in 2001?

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |13/04/2002

 

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