Journalists in Lanka among vulnerable

media+protestJournalists in Sri Lanka and India are among the most vulnerable in South Asia, because attackers generally go scot-free, says a report of the International Federation of Journalists, the Deccan Herald reported

“The 2014 Impunity Index, published by the Committee to Protect Journalists, had revealed that Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the worst offenders on impunity in the region. The situation, unfortunately, remains much the same,” noted the report titled ‘Freedom Frontier: Press Freedom in South Asia 2014-15’.

The report was jointly released by the International Federation of Journalists and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) at a national consultation on the freedom of media, organised jointly by the Unesco and Prasar Bharati to observe World Press Freedom Day in New Delhi.

The report criticised the Indian government for banning the telecast of a documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, produced by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, saying, it “clearly” showed that India was yet to shed the “rather heavy burden of the public order argument” for restraining media freedom despite years of evolving jurisprudence on the matter.

Anomalies in India’s media freedom regime were “evident” in the number of journalists arrested and charged over the years under provisions of the law dealing with sedition and waging war against the state, it said.