Media Watch

A creeping quiet in Indian journalism?

A creeping quiet in Indian journalism?

There is a creeping quiet spreading across India’s otherwise loud and lively journalism. Front pages, websites, and news programs are brimming with stories, but “people are afraid”, one editor told me recently in Delhi. “We come under a lot of pressure” says a journalist from Chennai. “I have never experienced anything like this” is how […]

Kuldip Nayar journalism awards: First winner Ravish Kumar says journalists ‘have to rise above flattery of establishment’

Kuldip Nayar journalism awards: First winner Ravish Kumar says journalists ‘have to rise above flattery of establishment’

For his contributions in the world of journalism, eminent TV journalist Ravish Kumar on Sunday was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award. He was conferred with an award plaque along with a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh. In the event organised by the Gandhi Peace Foundation at the India International Centre, veteran journalist […]

How TV channels outraged over Nahid Afrin’s fatwa that wasn’t

How TV channels outraged over Nahid Afrin’s fatwa that wasn’t

On March 14, local TV channels across Assam went berserk over the news  that “46 Muslim clerics from the state have issued a fatwa against singer Nahid Afrin, asking her to stop performing in public”. Within hours, the outrage industry on social media went into overdrive, condemning the “fatwa”. Some even compared Assam’s Hojai district […]

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs. The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between […]