Independence of Journalism

Mark Twain famously said that “it is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” In his unpublished introduction to Animal Farm, devoted to “literary censorship” in free England, George Orwell added [...]


Reporter “Manhandled” by FCC Security Guards for Asking Question

an award-winning reporter is speaking out after he was attacked and forced to leave the Federal Communications Commission headquarters Thursday—all for trying to ask a question. John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call said he tried to ask FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly a question after a press conference had ended. But two FCC security guards reportedly [...]

If you Can’t Ask Questions

Ravish Kumar On NDTV India Ban Asked about the encounter of eight SIMI men in Bhopal this week, Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters that the "habit" of questioning the authorities and the police "should stop". When did authority and police rise above questioning? Authority means accountability. Without it, power becomes something else altogether. [...]

First instance of gag after 2015 revision of code

Why was NDTV Ltd. served with an order to take its Hindi channel, NDTV India, off the air from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 10? An Inter-ministerial Committee (IMC) comprising joint secretaries Home, Defence, I&B, Health and Family Welfare, Consumer Affairs, Law and Justice, External Affairs, Women and Child Development and representative [...]