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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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Arrests, Beatings and Dismissals of Journalists Underline Official and Corporate Arbitrariness: SAMDEN

May 26, 2020 New Delhi, India The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today cited detention of media professionals in Bangladesh, attacks on journalists in the Punjab, and the dismissal of a pregnant reporter in Assam state as part of a pattern of official and corporate arbitrariness against media in the region. In Bangladesh, SAMDEN …

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Recognition of fearless work by Pulitzer Prize winning photographers: SAMDEN

May 5, 2020 Delhi/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Colombo/Boston Congratulating the three Indian photojournalists for winning the 2020 Pulitzer prize in the feature photography category for their images of Jammu and Kashmir, the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) described it as a recognition for fearless work under difficult conditions. “Apart from reflecting the challenges and tensions faced by ordinary people as …

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SAMDEN protests actions against Mir Shakilur Rahman and The Wire

April 4, 2020 Delhi/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Colombo/Boston, Leading editors and media professionals from South Asia today protested actions against the media in Pakistan and India: the detention of Pakistani editor and publisher Mir Shakilur Rahman in Lahore and legal action against the independent Indian online portal, The Wire. “The preoccupation of the world public and opinion makers with …

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SAMDEN: The media needs a pro-active protection policy

Feb 26, 2020 New Delhi, India The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) today said that mob attacks on journalists, photographers and media professionals underscored the need to develop robust and pro-active policies and laws to protect the press.  Reporters have been shot at, beaten, abused, surrounded and intimidated as they have gone about mapping …

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