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South Asian journalists decry attacks on media persons

May 26, 2020 New Delhi, India (Matters India) The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) on May 26 bemoaned a pattern of official and corporate arbitrariness against media in the region. As examples, the network cited detention of media professionals in Bangladesh, attacks on journalists in Punjab, and the dismissal of a pregnant reporter in Assam state. In Bangladesh, SAMDEN noted that the Sheikh Hasina Wajed government has used the controversial Digital Security Act (DSA), passed in 2018 amid opposition from national, international media and rights groups, to arrest or charge at least 20 journalists over the past month. In one case, a senior journalist vanished in March after a politician from the governing Awami League party filed a criminal defamation case against him. The reporter mysteriously turned up at the India-Bangladesh border nearly two months later and was slapped

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SAMDEN Protests Detention of Jang Group Editor, Legal Action Against The Wire

“This report was factually correct and a matter of record, yet the police has made it the basis for a criminal case,” South Asia Media Defenders Network said about the recent FIR against The Wire. New Delhi, April 04, 2020 (The wire) South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) has protested the detention of Pakistani editor and publisher of the Jang Group, Mir Shakilur Rahman, and the legal action against The Wire, and called it “representative of a trend across the region”. In a press statement issued on April 4, SAMDEN, which has co-convenors from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, said, “While the harassment and imprisonment of journalists has been a distressing trend in all the countries of South Asia over the last few years, we have seen a sudden escalation in such actions over the past few years.” “The pre-occupation

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Shujaat Bukhari’s assassination: Journalists’ network SAMDEN appeals to NHRC seeking swift probe into killing

Denouncing the brutal killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, SAMDEN, a network of editors and media practitioners, on Friday urged the NHRC and the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission to push for swift investigation into the case. (firstpost.com) June 23, 2018 New Delhi: Denouncing the brutal killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, SAMDEN, a network of editors and media practitioners, on Friday urged the NHRC and the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission to push for swift investigation into the case. Bukhari, 53, and his two PSOs were shot dead by gunmen outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of Srinagar on 14 June. He was shot dead soon after he boarded his car from his office in the Press Enclave at Lal Chowk. “Bukhari’s murder highlights the growing dangers of being a journalist, and also the impunity

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Gauri Lankesh murdered: South Asia Media Defenders Network demands swift probe in journalist’s death

An informal association of editors expressed sadness and anger at the gunning down of the leading of journalist Gauri Lankesh outside her home in Bengaluru on 5 September. Sept 07, 2017 (firstpost.com) New Delhi: A group of editors, writers and media professionals from South Asia, the UK and Australia have joined demands seeking swift action in the murder of prominent journalist Gauri Lankesh. The South Asia Media Defenders Network, an informal association of editors and media practitioners, which has been formed to stand up for the rights of journalists under pressure, expressed sadness and anger at the gunning down of the leading Karnataka editor and journalist Gauri Lankesh outside her home in Bengaluru on 5 September. The network includes names of Siddharth Varadarajan, Nidhi Razdan, Pradip Phanjoubam, Tarun Basu, Vijay Naik, Kavita Bajeli-Datt, Mahendra Ved, Rita Payne, John Zubrzycki, David Brewer,

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