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‘Media independence, freedom of speech destroyed in BJP era’, says International Media Report
TIWN May 6, 2019
‘Media independence, freedom of speech destroyed in BJP era’, says International Media Report
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AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, May 6 (TIWN): National Media ‘Quartz’ has published a report how Narendra Modi, who didn’t hold a single press conference has killed the existence of media in past 5 years. Around 1200 websites across India have been blocked by the Modi Govt. the government had employed 200 staff to monitor the media and send directions to editors on how they must report on the prime minister’s activities. Quartz is a business news organization. It launched from New York City in 2012 and operates editions in Africa and India. The Quartz website and newsletters are free digital news publications with no paywalls nor registration requirements, although in 2018 it launched a paid membership product. In case of Northeast and Tripura the pressure upon media is highest due to national media’s less focus over the zone. In Tripura also BJP Govt has appointed many BJP activists in Govt posts to monitor various news published in media. Many more media at the international stage have complained the same.

BJP, RSS’s severe attacks on democracy have already fueled “Go Back Modi” slogan in last few months across North East and now massive tortures of common men followed by poverty, joblessness have led chants of “Go Back” Biplab Deb slogan.Recently centering CM’s divorce news many illegal arrests taken place, various fabricated cases were filed in police station and attempt of shutdown Tripurainfoway.com was taken. However, in court Tripura Police’s illegal demand was rubbished whereas another journalist Saikat Talapatra who was arrested illegally was released in bail.

Many facebook users, including Congress’s top leader are being inquired, interrogated, arrested illegally without any cause except they shared few news published in local papers.

Election turned total “vote robbing” on camera and Election Commission representatives in State Tripura have acted as BJP, RSS’s agents by sending fake reports to the central election commission. 5 officials were suspended but so far re-poll of the West Tripura was not announced.

Attacks on media have crossed all limitations. At least 61 media persons were attacked in last 1 year severely. Various media houses, newspapers are directly controlled by BJP HQ and Editors unable to proceed with independent journalism.

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