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Breaking The News, Brutally

Freelance journalists, especially in small towns, are paying dearly for speaking up

Breaking The News, Brutally
AFP (From Outlook 06 July 2015)
Breaking The News, Brutally
outlookindia.com
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Ground Down

  • Uttar Pradesh: Jagendra Singh burnt in his own house ‘by policemen’ after he reported against the state’s PWD minister
  • Madhya Pradesh: Sandeep Kothari abducted after reporting on illegal mining. Burnt body found in Maharashtra
  • Uttar Pradesh: Haider Khan beaten, tied to a bike and dragged in Pilibhit after reporting on land-grabbing
  • J&K: Javed Malik assaulted by security guards of a PDP minister after he pro­­­­tes­ted against lewd remarks directed at his wife
  • Punjab: Jasdeep Singh died in a freak accident (in 2013) after a truck rammed into car of local police chief

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Sandeep Kothari, a journalist in his forties, was riding his motorcycle with a friend on the pillion in Katangi, in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, when a jeep rammed them from behind. The two men were beaten up; the assailants bundled Kothari into the jeep and left. The next day, June 22, his charred body was found near a railway track in neighbouring Maharashtra.

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