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National Convening 2019

A conference on “Journalism in India and the perils of the internet” 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

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International Convening 2018

The launch of SAMDEN and laying the ground for a sturdy support network for media professionals in South Asia Cognisant of the need to address growing pressure on freedom of speech and expression in South Asia, increasing attacks on media workers and professionals and recognising that such freedoms are indivisible and know no political boundaries, in 2018, journalists from across this geography came together to form the South Asia Media Defender’s Network (SAMDEN). The aim of this group, they decided, would be primarily to extend support and solidarity to media counterparts under attack in the region and to mobilise action through collaboration with other like-minded media groups and associations. SAMDEN, which was launched during this meeting, would be anchored in the Commonwealth human Rights Initiative (CHRI), and be led by four co-convenors — CHRI’s International Director Sanjoy Hazarika, Kanak Dixit,

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