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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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North East India’s oldest broadsheet is victim of pandemic, SAMDEN urges need to ensure no other extraneous factors barring health in closure

Aug 25, 2020New Delhi,India Last week, COVID-19 claimed an unlikely victim: The Shillong Times, North East India’s oldest broadsheet newspaper, was ordered by the Government of Meghalaya, under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, Regulations 2020, to close its office premises. The government order came after four persons working in The …

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SAMDEN: Sierra Leone repeal of defamation law shows govts can create safe media environment

August 6, 2020 New Delhi/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Colombo/Boston, The recent repeal of Sierra Leone’s infamous criminal defamation law marks a major victory for media freedom, even as many journalists continue to be harassed, intimidated and detained for critical COVID-19 reporting, the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) said today. Sierra Leone’s Parliament has unanimously adopted the Independent Media …

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