Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) celebrates media freedom during COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, May 3, 2020, marking World Press Freedom Day. Ten noted journalists look at how the media has been covering this exceptional time in the history of humankind.
Concluded event: SAMDEN’s second convening on journalism and “The Perils of the Internet” in New Delhi
The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) conducted its second convening on March 2, 2019 — with prominent journalists, lawyers and IT experts/activists from across India in attendance. Split over two session, the event was especially designed around bolstering freedom of the press in India. The first session dealt with a critique of Information Technology laws in India which are or may be used against media freedom and journalists. Among the participants were Mr Mahfuz Anam, Editor of the Daily Star, Bangladesh, who over Skype discussed the repercussions of the country’s draconian Digital Security Act on the press, and Mr Kumar Lopez, director of the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI). Session 2 was spent discussing the effects — both professional and psychological — of hate speech, trolling, doxing and other forms of online abuse against journalists. Noted independent journalist, Rana