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Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s journalism represents countless journalists: SAMDEN Congratulates Nobel Peace Prize Winners

New Delhi, 11 October 2021 – The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today congratulated Ms Maria Ressa and Mr Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov on the award of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The two journalists represent both an extraordinary body of work as well as the hopes, aspirations, threats, abuse and daily challenges faced by …

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Protect Afghan journalists: SAMDEN urges UN, media groups, govts

New Delhi – The United Nations, governments and media organizations across the world are being urged to ensure the protection of local media professionals, foreign correspondents, and creative artists, especially women, in Afghanistan. The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today said that such protection must extend to both online and offline spaces and include …

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SAMDEN urges independent investigation into Danish Siddiqui’s death

New Delhi, 19 July 2021: Urging governments and human rights bodies to strengthen their commitment towards the safety and security of journalists as frontline defenders, the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today called for an independent investigation into the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Afghanistan. “The details on this tragic death …

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SAMDEN condemns arrest of Bangladeshi and Manipuri Journalists

May 21, 2021, New Delhi – Prominent editors and media professionals of South Asia called for the release of senior Bangladeshi reporter Rozina Islam of Prothom Alo, who was charged under a century-old colonial law – the Official Secrets Act, 1923 – and the Penal Code of Bangladesh for highlighting alleged irregularities in Bangladesh’s health …

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SAMDEN urges Pakistan govt to act swiftly in killing of TV anchor

Sept 8, 2020New Delhi, India The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today called on Pakistani authorities to take firm action in the killing of Shaheena Shaheen, a TV talk show host and editor, in Balochistan province. Police in the Balochi town of Turbat said that they were hunting for Ms. Shaheen’s husband, Nawabzada Mehrab …

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