STATEWISE HELPLINE DIRECTORY

IN Helpline | 16/05/2012
This state-wise directory comprises lawyers and legal aid organisations, human rights activists and human rights organisations, journalists and journalists’ organisations. The Hoot has contacted them about the helpline and sought their assistance and involvement. 
 
If any area or state is as yet unrepresented and if you or anyone you know would be interested in joining this network, please email us at: helpline@thehoot.org 
 
List of abbreviations in the Directory

HRLN : Human Rights Law Network – a human rights and legal aid organisation, India
ALF : Alternative Law Forum – a legal aid services and advocacy organisation, Bengaluru
PUDR : People’s Union for Democratic Rights – a civil liberties’ organisation, New Delhi
PUCL: People’s Union for Civil Liberties – a civil liberties’ organisation, India
NPMHR : Naga People's Movement for Human Rights, New Delhi
CPDM : Committee for Protection of Democracy, Manipur
MASS : Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti, Assam
JKCC : Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Jammu and Kashmir
COHR : Committee on Human Rights, Manipur
LHS : Lokshahi Haaq Sanghatana, Mumbai
CPDR : Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai
APDR : Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Kolkata
PDF : People’s Democratic Front, Bengaluru
 
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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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