Protect Honest Journalists and their Right to Speech

Protect Honest Journalists and their Right to Speech

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Shantanu Verma started this petition to National Human Rights Commission and

Barely 40 days into 2021, five journalists, including Punia, had been arrested in India. No other year since 1992 has recorded more than four journalist arrests in India, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Apart from the five arrests, an arrest warrant was issued against another scribe. FIRs, many with sedition charges, were filed against 10 other journalists. In general, the better the political rights and civil liberties in a country, the higher the press freedom. However, India is an outlier to this trend: other citizens are better off in terms of civil liberties and political rights compared to journalists.

The journalists have an extremely important role to play in protecting the rights of the citizens and highlighting the key concerns of the society. In such a scenario, curbing the rights of the journalists to begin with is a new age demon that we together need to deal with. 

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